## ## Man sentenced to 30 years for killing ex
He was arrested on a manslaughter charge Dec. 5, 2016, a few days after shooting, and charged with killing McKnight at a busy intersection in Terrytown following a road rage incident.
He was later indicted on a second degree murder charge.
The mother of Joe McKnight’s son, Michelle Quick, yelled out that’s “less than he deserves.” And she cursed as she was escorted out of the courtroom. Quick and other family and friends read emotional, tear filled impact statements before the sentencing.
Joe Mcknight’s mother, Jennifer McKnight spoke last. She stood in front of the courtroom and immediately started crying. She did not read from a paper. She looked right at Gasser, almost the entire time. She said when she found out she prayed “Lord not my child.”
She also told Gasser: “You took that part of me. You put pain on me I am not able to endure. I have to forgive you to have some sort of peace to live my life.”
Quick also took the stand. She says McKnight and her 7 year old son Jayden called his Dad’s phone after learning of his death. He left a voicemail. He asked his mom if dad could hear it from heaven. He asked if he could watch his dad’s highlights on YouTube. When he went to watch a video, a clip of his dad’s body on the ground came up. She did ask the judge for the maximum sentence of 40 years.