- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A New York City man convicted of fatally shooting an aspiring rapper in a New Jersey home and setting the body on fire has been sentenced to life in prison.

Randy Manning must serve at least 65 years of the sentence imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole. The 33-year-old Brooklyn man was convicted in March on numerous charges, including murder, arson, desecrating human remains and vehicle theft.

The charges stemmed from the August 2011 slaying of Rhian Stoute, a 33-year-old Brooklyn man who performed under the name Kampane.

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Bergen County prosecutors said Manning shot Stoute inside an Englewood home, doused the body with gasoline and set it on fire. He later put the body in the victim’s sport utility vehicle and abandoned it in Paramus.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1nDAjDS) reports that during the trial, prosecutors said Manning killed Stoute because he resented his budding success.

“For him to shoot somebody in the face and head four times, leave him alone in an isolated house, then return to attempt to literally erase him from the face of the earth, this has to be one of the most vile and heartless murders this county has ever seen,” assistant county prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer said during Friday’s sentencing hearing.

Manning’s co-defendant, Delroy Clarke of Englewood, was acquitted at trial of charges that he helped Manning flee and concealed evidence, including the gun.

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