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Hip Hop Artist Sentenced to 15 Years to Life for Murder of Jazz Pianist

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David Jassy was sentenced to prison today for the murder of a pedestrian back in 2008, according to the LA Times. Jazz pianist John Osnes, 55, was walking across the street in November of 2008 when an SUV driven by Jassy, 34, crossed/edged/drifted into crosswalk as it came to a stop. Osnes, known as a "stickler for pedestrian rights," struck the vehicle with his hands, prompting Jassy to exit his vehicle and punch him, knocking Osnes' glasses off. As he went to pick them up, Jassy kicked him in the head.

Witnesses, including an off-duty Anaheim officer tried to detain Jassy, but he got free and drove off, fatally running over Osnes in the process.

Jassy last month pleaded not guilty, claiming it was in self-defense. Lawyers wanted the conviction of 2nd-degree murder reduced to manslaughter, but Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson denied the motion. “I’ve independently reviewed the evidence, and I agree completely with the jury verdict,” Johnson said.

Jassy was originally charged with assault, battery and leaving the scene of an accident. He now faces 15 years to life in prison.