A jury in suburban New Orleans found Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of former Jets running back Joe McKnight on Friday night.
The verdict was revealed after six days of testimony and more than seven hours of deliberation.
Gasser, 56, did not take the stand during the trail, but the jury, which consisted of four women and eight men, watched 12 hours of videotape from statements the defendant gave to the Jefferson Parish Sherrif’s Office.
One witness called the fatal incident the result of a “mutual road rage” car chase.
Prosecutors told jurors that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own car. The defense argued that McKnight was the aggressor throughout and that Gasser fired in self-defense because it appeared the former NFLer may try and enter the car through the passenger window.
The car chase between the two men went on for five miles before the shooting took place..
Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.
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