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UVM students defend local rapper accused of dealing drugs

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Kevin "Kingbread" Martin Kevin "Kingbread" Martin
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Prospective students who toured the University of Vermont campus Thursday might be the only people who don't know Kingbread.

"So many people know who he is. He's everywhere," said Robert Liu, a UVM sophomore.

"Kingbread is a big name on campus and around Burlington," said Jordan Hurley, a senior.

The 34-year-old is also known as Kornbread. His real name is Kevin Martin. He's a bit of a legend here, even though he does not attend the university.

"Kornbread likes to party and I guess college students like to party, so we fit in," said Collin Kwasnik, a sophomore.

Students say he is an aspiring rapper whose lyrics are often about drugs.

"He's not your average person on campus. He's recognizable," said Taylor Readyhough, a junior.

"Even though he has this intimidating appearance, he's not intimidating at all," Kwasnik said.

He is known for rapping around the city, up and down the streets and on campus. He also has a long rap sheet himself. He was first convicted in Vermont in 1997.

"He has 14 misdemeanor convicts and two felony convictions," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee said.

One of those felonies is narcotics trafficking. And on Tuesday, he picked up four more felony charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine to a police informant. Police say the informant bought cocaine from Martin three times under police surveillance. When he was arrested police found more than 12 grams of crack and about 1.5 grams of powder cocaine. He allegedly had pot, too.

"Kind of disappointed to be honest, but it doesn't shock me that much," Kwasnik said.

"The first time I met him he was walking down the street yelling he did that," Liu said.

Kingbread is currently banned from UVM after being charged with disorderly conduct last September on campus.

"This individual confronted the student in an inappropriate matter and he was arrested and dealt with in court," said Richard Cate, the vice president for finance and administration at UVM.

The school says his no trespass order expires in September, but will be reviewed before then.

"We have rights to bar people from being here if we think in any way they're a threat to the people who live and work here," Cate said.

Kingbread faces up to 10 years in prison for each sale of coke, if convicted.

"There goes the story of Kingbread," Readyhough said.

A story about a man known for his rhymes who could soon be doing time.

WCAX News did reach out to Kingbread; his publicist says he's still at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

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