Last month, the rapper was convicted of manslaughter for slashing to death a homeless man on a New York City street.
Kidd Creole, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Wednesday for stabbing to death a homeless man on a New York City street.
Last month, the 62-year-old musician, also known as Nathaniel Glover, was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of John Jolly, who was stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife in midtown Manhattan in August 2017.
Kidd Creole stabbed the homeless man assuming him to be gay and hitting on him
Glover is accused of stabbing Jolly after growing furious because he assumed Jolly was gay and was hitting on him, according to prosecutors. Glover went to his neighbouring workplace, changed his clothing, and washed the knife after stabbing Jolly, who was 55, according to authorities. The following day, Glover was arrested.
“Mr. Jolly’s death was devastating to his family and those who knew him,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a news release after the sentencing. “Every life we lose to violent crime ripples throughout our entire city, and we will continue to ensure everyone in our borough can live their lives with the sense of safety and security they deserve.”
According to the New York Times, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Michele Rodney seemed to disagree with points made by Glover’s lawyer, Scottie Celestin, who claimed throughout the trial that Glover felt frightened in part because Jolly was homeless.
“A life is a life is a life,” Rodney said, adding as she sentenced Glover that the killing was not “somehow justified because the person is homeless.”
Celestin stated that he would file an appeal.
In the late 1970s, the Bronx’s Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five formed. The song “The Message,” which was released in 1982, is the group’s most well-known. In 2007, they became the first hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.