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Man Convicted In Death Of Former NFL Player Sentenced To Thirty Years

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The man convicted in the road rage shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison today. 56-year-old Ronald Gasser was facing 40 years for his manslaughter conviction. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says the publicity around the case led to a longer sentence.


McKnight was one of the best high school football players in the country coming out of John Curtis High School in 2006. He starred at USC and played for three seasons in the NFL. A Jefferson Parish jury found Gasser guilty of manslaughter on a 10-2 vote. Meche believes it’s a fair sentence.