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Man convicted of manslaughter in road-rage killing of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight


(Reuters) - The man tried for murder in the road-rage shooting death of former National Football League running back Joe Mcknight near New Orleans in 2016 was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter on Friday, local media reported.


The verdict capped six days of testimony and 7-1/2 hours of deliberation by a Jefferson Parish jury in the trial of Ronald Gasser, 56, who admitted to shooting McKnight but said he acted in self-defense, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the news website NOLA.com.


The deadly confrontation between Gasser and McKnight, 28, occurred at a traffic intersection in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown, where the two men stopped their vehicles after shouting vulgarities at each other and driving erratically for about 5 miles.


Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute told reporters Gasser faced a possible prison term of up to 40 years when he is sentenced.


According to Gasser, he feared for his life when McKnight made an aggressive movement, or lunged in such a way as to attempt to get inside his vehicle.




READ MORE (Reuters)


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