The boyfriend of Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for Hines’ stabbing death, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Thursday.
Lamar Davenport, 33, was sentenced after being convicted on the felony charge of manslaughter in the first degree.
Davenport was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.
According to prosecutors, Davenport stabbed Hines 25 times while under the influence of alcohol and drugs near Hines’ Washington Heights apartment building.
“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,” Vance said in a statement Thursday. “I would like to thank the prosecutors in my office for securing a prison sentence commensurate with his extraordinarily violent crime, and offer my sympathies to Ms. Hines’ loved ones as they continue to mourn.”
Davenport was initially charged by police with second-degree murder over the 2015 death. Hines was 33 years old at the time of her death.
Freeman mourned Hines’ death at the time, saying, “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.”
“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,” Freeman said in a statement at the time. “Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”