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Kidd Creole sentenced to 16 years in prison

Rapper Kidd Creole, who was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for stabbing a homeless man to death in 2017. 

The 62-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, had stabbed 55-year-old John Jolly in the chest twice with a steak knife in the street in New York in August 2017. 

Glover was convicted of first-degree manslaughter last month and has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, and five years of post-release supervision. 

He had pleaded not guilty, with his attorneys arguing he lashed out in self defence.

Prosecutors accused Glover of stabbing Jolly after believing he was gay and coming on to him as he headed to his maintenance job in the city around midnight. 

They added that after stabbing Jolly, Glover headed to his workplace close by and changed his clothes and washed the knife, and was arrested the following day.

FILE - Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is arraigned in New York, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, after he was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge. The trial of the rapper has begun in New York City with his lawyer telling a jury it was self-defense when the hip-hop pioneer stabbed a homeless man to death in 2017. The artist, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, is charged with murder and went on trial Friday, March 25, 2022 in Manhattan.(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)
Glover had stabbed the man in the chest with a steak knife (Picture: AP)

Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg said after the sentencing: Mr Jolly’s death was devastating to his family and those who knew him.

‘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.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by C Neil Decrescenzo/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock (12628327a) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five,shown here in 2004.From L to R.Scorpio,Keef Cowboy,Grandmaster Flash,Rahiem,Melle Mel and The Kidd Creole.They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007,the first hip hop group to be inducted. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Bronx, NY, USA - 02 Dec 2021
Glover (right) was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Picture: C Neil Decrescenzo/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Michele Rodney appeared to take issue with the defence’s argument that Glover had felt threatened as Jolly was homeless.

Ms Rodney said during sentencing, per The New York Times: ‘A life is a life is a life,’ adding that the killing was not ‘somehow justified because the person is homeless’.

Glover’s attorneys said they would be appealing his conviction.

The rapper had been a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, which was formed in the late 1970’s in the Bronx.

They were the first rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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