YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Loved ones wept as they watched the rapper known as Kampane perform in a music video shown in a Hackensack courtroom this afternoon before a judge sentenced the man convicted of killing him and setting his body on fire to life in prison.
Randy Manning, 33, of Brooklyn, “showed absolutely no remorse” for the murder, Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian said while issuing the sentence.
“Rhian Stoute lost his life,” the judge said. “In doing so, he lost his future, his family and many other things we take for granted — and, of course, his family lost him.”
Moments earlier, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer showed the judge two videos made by Stout’s family. One of them included clips from his music video “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’.”
Those gathered to see justice done wept — yet some of them also smiled at times as they recalled Stout.
Manning kept the same tight-lipped expression he had throughout the trial, as well as when jurors convicted him in March of shooting Stout, setting his body on fire in an empty Englewood house and then leaving the corpse in an SUV parked on a quiet Paramus street.
About 20 family members attended the two-month trial over the last two weeks. Stout’s mother and cousin were there for every proceeding, including motions, from the very beginning.
They and many others returned for today’s sentencing.
Under the No Early Release Act, Manning must serve at least 64 years before he’s eligible for parole on the murder conviction alone.
Jerejian ordered that the sentences for his other convictions — including those for weapons offenses — run concurrently.
- SPECIAL REPORT: In a heartfelt and emotional remembrance, the relatives of murder victim Rhian “Kampane” Stout yesterday recalled a hard-working, open and genuine young man whose generosity of spirit affected everyone he met. READ MORE….
STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
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CLIFFVIEW PILOT BROKE THE STORIES:
- Judge rejects mistrial, jurors convict Brooklyn man in Englewood murder of rapper Kampane: Following a last-ditch effort by the defense attorney to save her client, jurors in Hackensack today convicted a Brooklyn man of killing aspiring rapper Kampane, setting his body on fire in an empty Englewood house and then leaving the corpse in an SUV parked on a quiet Paramus street. READ MORE ….
Surprises open trial in Englewood murder of rapper Kampane:
The key witness for prosecutors in the trial of a man charged with killing rapper Kampane, setting his body on fire in an empty Englewood house and then leaving the corpse in an SUV parked on a Paramus cul-de-sac will be the defendant’s own brother.
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- Trial set in Englewood murder of rapper Kampane: The man accused of murdering rapper Kampane, setting his body on fire in an empty Englewood house and then leaving the corpse in an SUV parked on a Paramus cul-de-sac will go to trial in January. READ MORE….
- Kampane’s accused killer claims Miranda rights violation: A judge in Hackensack is expected to rule on whether the man accused of murdering rapper Kampane, burning his body and then leaving it in a car on a Paramus side street was properly read his rights before being questioned by police. READ MORE…
- Arrests in murder of rapper Kampane: An ex-con shot the rapper Kampane in the head in a vacant Englewood house, torched the place, then went back to the scene the next day, removed the charred body and left it in the rear cargo of the victim’s SUV on a quiet Paramus street, say authorities who arrested him and two accused accomplices. READ MORE….
- Autopsy confirms rapper Kampane shot before body burned: T he rapper Kampane was shot in the head and killed, then torched in a vacant Englewood apartment, by a former city resident who later went back to the scene, removed the charred body and left it in the rear cargo of the victim’s SUV on a Paramus street, say authorities who arrested him and two accused accomplices. READ MORE….
- Burned body of rapper Kampane found in car in Paramus: The man whose burned body was found in the cargo area of an SUV on a quiet Paramus street this morning has been identified as Brooklyn rapper Kampane. In a tragic irony, the hip-hop artist’s revamped website opens with the sound of a police siren. READ MORE….
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Born in Brooklyn, raised in Flatbush, Stoute was related to the producer J Runnah, who has worked with Jay Z, among others.
“It’s all about the game and how you play your cards,” Stoute sang, touting the joys of living and enjoying the rewards of his new-found fame.
He released his first mix tape in 1997, then went on tour in 2000 with J Runnah and Roc-a-Fella, learning the music business, according to his website, iamkampane.com.
He was in the middle of a major promotional push behind his new music video, “What You Drinkin’ On,” a playful tune, complete with one-liners and wordplay about champagne and other spirits. “This is Part One / I’m tryin’ to get to Part Two,” he sings. “Let’s get it on.”
Stoute would have turned 34 two weeks after he was murdered.
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