MIAMI -- When Baron "Dirty" Colon joined an MTV reality show featuring street thugs in 2009, he swore to reform or else wind up behind bars.
His own words may have proved prophetic: Police arrested Colon last week, charging him with the murder of a Miami area artist during a botched heist.
Colon, 24, of Miami Gardens, was a finalist on the second season of MTV's "From G's to Gents," which offered $100,000 to the "real" gangster who most turned his life around. He competed against 15 contestants on the show, which claims to transform "rough-around-the-edges young men" into dapper, successful gentlemen.
He is charged in the January 2006 slaying of artist Marcelo Vera, and according to police was a suspect in the case even as he jetted off to Los Angeles to tape the show.