It won’t bring former USC and NFL star Joe McKnight back to them, but it could bring some comfort to his grieving family and friends.
Ronald Gasser, the man who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of McKnight, was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Louisiana judge on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. He was convicted of manslaughter in January.
Gasser, who is 56, claimed during his trial that he shot McKnight in self-defense after a confrontation on a roadway near New Orleans. It was said to be a 5-mile chase across a bridge that ended in gunfire from Gasser.
McKnight’s mother faced her son’s killer on Thursday during the sentencing, according to the Associated Press report.
The mother of slain former NFL player Joe McKnight has tearfully confronted her son’s killer.
Jennifer McKnight testified about her loss Thursday during the sentencing hearing for 56-year-old Ronald Gasser.
She left the courtroom sobbing after angrily telling Gasser “You didn’t have to do that.”
McKnight, who played in the NFL for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, was 28 at the time of his death.
Though McKnight never played in the SEC, but he was near and dear to the hearts of many in SEC country. He was a prep star at John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana and considered one of the top high school running backs in the nation, but he chose to leave the state to play for Pete Carroll at USC. The former 5-star prospect’s decision to pass on LSU for USC prompted an investigation into a potential recruiting violation after McKnight revealed that he had talked to Trojans star Reggie Bush.
McKnight played three seasons at USC (2007-09) before entering the 2010 NFL Draft. He was selected in the fourth round by the Jets.