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Joe McKnight's Killer Found Guilty Of Manslaughter

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: A New York Jets helmet is held behind a player's back during the national anthem before NFL action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium before the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A verdict has been reached.

The man who killed NFL running back Joe McKnight in a road-rage confrontation was found guilty of manslaughter Friday by a jury in suburban New Orleans. A sentencing date was set for March 15.

Police arrested Ronald Gasser in December 2016 on a manslaughter charge. Gasser admitted to shooting and killing McKnight after the two exchanged words in a road rage incident on Dec. 1.

Gasser, 56, was initially charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, that charge carries a life sentence.

With the manslaughter charge, Gasser could be sentenced anywhere from zero to 40 years. Jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon and came to a conclusion not long after.

Per an ESPN report:

Police said the death had followed a 5-mile (8-kilometer) rolling confrontation that began with dangerously aggressive driving on a New Orleans bridge and ended with McKnight being shot as he stood outside Gasser's car at a suburban intersection.

The two reportedly began aggressively weaving through traffic before McKnight was followed off an exit by Gasser.

The former high school star went on to play for USC. He racked up 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.

He was shot Dec. 1, 2016. McKnight was just 28-years-old.

[ESPN]