Joe McKnight Road Rage Shooter Sentenced

New York Jets running back Joe McKnight (25) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

New York Jets running back Joe McKnight (25) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

The man who shot and killed ex-NFL RB Joe McKnight could be spending the rest of his life in a prison cell.

Ronald Gasser, 56, was just sentenced to 30 years behind bars, less than 2 months after he was found guilty of manslaughter in a Louisiana courtroom. The maximum sentence he faced was 40 years. Gasser was originally charged with 2nd-degree murder, but the jury elected for the lesser charge of manslaughter after more than 7 hours of deliberation back on Jan. 26.

McKnight, who played for the Jets and Chiefs from 2010-2014, was gunned down by Gasser during a road-rage incident on Dec. 1, 2016, which ended when Gasser shot McKnight three times through his passenger side window. Joe was only 28.

McKnight’s mother, Jennifer, gave a victim impact statement before the sentencing, saying — “That day, you didn’t have to do that. That didn’t have to happen. It hurts. It’s going to hurt a long time.”

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