By: Michelle Hunter | NOLA.com
Ronald Gasser was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight, according to his attorney, Dane Ciolino.
Gasser, 61, was scheduled to be retried on Jan. 3 in connection with the road rage-fueled shooting that occurred at a Terrytown intersection. Gasser’s initial manslaughter conviction from his 2018 trial was overturned two years later when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that split jury verdicts, such as the 10-2 vote in his case, were unconstitutional.
The plea agreement came together over the past few days, according to Ciolino.
“The state had a really difficult case with the manslaughter charge, so I understand why they felt like they had to resolve it,” Ciolino said.
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