Hip-Hop Pioneer Kidd Creole, of Grandmaster Flash, Gets 16 Years in Manhattan Steak Knife Killing

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the sentencing of Nathaniel Glover, a/k/a “Kidd Creole,” 62, to 16 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a stranger, 55-year-old John Jolly, in Midtown in 2017. On April 6th, 2022, a New York State Supreme Court jury found Glover guilty of Manslaughter in the First Degree.

“Mr. Jolly’s death was devastating to his family and those who knew him. Every life we lose to violent crime ripples throughout our entire city, and we will continue to ensure everyone in our borough can live their lives with the sense of safety and security they deserve. This case makes clear that if you commit violent crime, we will hold you accountable, and I thank our team for their hard work achieving justice in this matter,” said District Attorney Bragg.

As proven at trial, Glover was walking past Mr. Jolly on East 43rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues when the two began to exchange words. Glover walked past Mr. Jolly, and eventually turned around. Glover, who approached Mr. Jolly, met him chest-to-chest before stabbing him twice in the torso with a steak knife. Minutes later, a group of tourists discovered Mr. Jolly in the street, and he was transported to the hospital where he died of his stab wounds.

According to the New York Post, prosecutors said Glover stabbed Jolly because he thought the homeless man was hitting on him.

Meanwhile, Glover left the scene and fled two blocks away to his place of work. There, he changed his clothing and cleaned the knife in an office sink. After approximately 15 minutes, the defendant left, boarded the subway, and disposed of the knife in a sewer near a Bronx subway station. The following day, NYPD officers recovered the knife and arrested the defendant at his home in the Bronx.

Glover was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Assistant District Attorneys Mark Dahl and Rachel Polisner handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Bureau Chief Robert Ferrari. Trial Preparation Assistant Tyler Henry assisted with the case.

District Attorney Bragg thanked the following members of the NYPD for their assistance with the case: Detective John Hostetter of the 17th Precinct Detective Squad; Police Officer Robert Travis of Emergency Service Squad 4; and Detective Keith Flannery of the Manhattan South Homicide Squad.

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