Woman sentenced to 55 years for murder of Beyonce’s cousin, aspiring San Antonio rapper Kardone

A Texas woman charged in the 2021 killing of Beyoncé’s cousin, up-and-coming rapper Kardone, learned her fate when a jury returned a guilty verdict in the murder case on Friday (Sept. 1). After a four-day trial and four and a half hours of deliberation, Sasha Skare, 23, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the fatal shooting of the artist, whose real name is Martell Derouen.

According to KSAT, Skare declined a plea deal for a 20-year prison sentence a week before the sentencing. “The pain and agony you brought upon my family is unbearable. Fix your sheets, if you have any, because you’ve made your bed, and now it’s time for you to lay in it,” Kami Derouen, Martell’s sister, said to Skare as she read her victim impact statement on Friday.