Kidd Creole Sentenced to 16 Years for Manslaughter

Hip-hop legend was found guilty of stabbing homeless NYC man
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2022 5:11 AM CDT
Updated May 5, 2022 7:47 AM CDT
Rap Legend Guilty of Killing Homeless Man
Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is arraigned in New York, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.   (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) Update: Nathaniel Glover, better known Kidd Creole, a founding member of hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been sentenced to 16 years for killing a homeless man in 2017. The 61-year-old could been sentenced to up to 25 years in state prison for manslaughter, but prosecutors and the sentencing judge cited Glover's contrition after he stabbed homeless man John Jolly, 55, after an altercation on a Manhattan street, the New York Times reports. Glover's lawyer, who argued that Glover stabbed Jolly in self-defense, says there will be an appeal. Our original story from April 7 follows:

Hip-hop pioneer Kidd Creole has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2017 killing of a homeless man on a Manhattan street. Prosecutors say that the 61-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, stabbed 55-year-old John Jolly twice with a steak knife during a confrontation while Glover was on his way to his security guard job, the New York Times reports. Glover, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, will be sentenced on May 4. He was detained at Rikers Island awaiting trial for more than four years. Glover was initially charged with murder after the August 2017 incident.

Prosecutors said Glover became angry because he thought Jolly, a registered sex offender who had been staying in a nearby shelter, had been hitting on him when he said "What's up?" as Glover walked past him just before midnight. Glover's lawyer, Scottie Celestin, argued that Glover feared he would be robbed and acted in self-defense after Jolly started following him, Rolling Stone reports. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is New York City. It's 12 o'clock at night. Who's saying 'What's up?' to you with good intentions?" Celestin told the jury. "His fear for his life was reasonable." Celestin also argued that Jolly was killed not by the stab wound, but by a large dose of the sedative Versed he was given after he arrived at the hospital "drunk and belligerent." (Read more New York City stories.)

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