The boyfriend of Morgan Freeman's granddaughter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing her to death on a Harlem street.
Lamar Davenport, 33, was sentenced Thursday in a New York court for attacking his live-in girlfriend, E'Dena Hines, and plunging a knife into her chest, neck and back a total of 25 times.
The 33-year-old aspiring actress died in front of her apartment building. Davenport was drunk and high on PCP and shouting about exorcising demons from Hines as he straddled her on the asphalt, prosecutors said.
"Ambitious and driven, E’Dena Hines was deeply loved by family and friends before her life was brought to a horrific and tragic end by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance said in a statement. Her killing was an "extraordinarily violent crime," he said.
After her death in 2015, Freeman released a statement saying, "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."
Davenport was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in May. He apologized in court Thursday and said, "I don't remember what happened."
Hines frequently accompanied Freeman on the red carpet. Hines's mother was adopted by Freeman's first wife. Freeman and his second wife later adopted Hines as a young girl and raised her as their own.