Hip-hop legend Kidd Creole sentenced to 16 years for NYC manslaughter

Rapper Kidd Creole — a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 — was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years behind bars for the stabbing death of a homeless man during a dispute in Manhattan.

The 61-year-old hip-hop pioneer, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was found guilty of manslaughter in April for the 2017 killing of John Jolly, a 55-year-old vagrant and sex offender.

“The defendant had committed a senseless and unwarranted act of violence that took the life of one of the city’s most vulnerable populations — the homeless,” said prosecutor Mark Dahl, who asked that Glover be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — whose band churned out chart-topping tunes such as “Freedom” and “The Message” in the early 1980s — had faced up to 25 years in prison.

During the sentencing hearing, Glover claimed he’d been wrongly cast as a killer.

“I’m very disappointed in the way that that this whole situation played out. I’ve been portrayed as a callous and senseless [killer]… which is far from the person who I am,” he said in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Jolly was 55 years old when he was killed.
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“I’ve been slandered and all this made me seem as if I am a person who actually has no remorse and no repentance.”

Glover added he was “disappointed” in the way the proceedings progressed, adding, “I also feel that at a certain point the truth of all of this will be revealed and I will be exonerated.”

But Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said the case was an example of his office cracking down on violent crime.

Kidd Creole — who faced up to 25 years in prison — said he was “disappointed” in the way the proceedings progressed.
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The rapper was first arraigned for the stabbing in 2017.
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“Mr. Jolly’s death was devastating to his family and those who knew him,” Bragg said in a statement after the sentencing. “This case makes clear that if you commit violent crime, we will hold you accountable.”

In August 2017, Glover got into a shouting match with Jolly at the corner of East 44th St. and Third Avenue before the stabbing took place, police said after his arrest .

During the trial, Glover’s lawyer Scottie Celestin claimed he acted in self-defense and that Jolly’s stab wounds were not life-threatening.

Glover claimed he’d been wrongly cast as a killer.
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Celestin previously blamed Jolly’s death on a mix of alcohol and a sedative that workers at Bellevue Hospital gave to him because he was being combative.