Joe McKnight's Family pleased with Roadrage Case outcome

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Joe McKnight

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

Robert Gasser has been convicted by a New Orleans suburban jury of manslaughter on Friday after an incident with a former professional football player who incited a road rage incident. NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot dead in December 2016, in New Orleans after Gasser became enraged when McKnight’s car buzzed him.

The 56-year-old was charged with second degree murder which carries a life sentence, Gasser is guilty of Manslaughter which carries a sentence of anywhere from zero to 40 years.

At the time of the incident, Gasser was questioned for nearly 8 hours and released. His release caused an uproar with many pointing to race as a factor in his release. Gasser is White and McKnight is Black, former Parrish Sheriff Newel Normand aggressively denied that race played any role in the case. He retired shortly after the allegations.

During the investigation Gasser lied about McKnight lunging at him during the confrontation. Forensic evidence did not support that statement and eye witness statements.

McKnight played in the tri-state area for the New York Jets and a single year with the Kansas Chiefs along with a single season with the Canadian Football League, with both the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Before that he was rated as the Number 1 running back recruit in the country when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006. He then attended Southern California, racking up 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.

The prosecutors and family said they are happy with the outcome. The defense team promises an appeal is forthcoming.

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