The man convicted of killing Morgan Freeman‘s step-granddaughter is going away for 20 years … TMZ has learned.
E’Dena Hines‘ killer, Lamar Davenport, was sentenced Thursday in NYC … according to Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Davenport was convicted of manslaughter last May. As we reported, he killed Hines — who was his girlfriend at the time — in August 2015 outside of their NYC apartment. Witnesses said he repeatedly stabbed her as he screamed about religion.
Davenport was acquitted of second-degree murder after his lawyer argued he was messed up on PCP when he attacked E’Dena. However, a judge subsequently found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter.
After he’s released from prison, Davenport will be placed under post-release supervision for 5 years.
E’Dena was 33.
MMA fighter Sergio Da Silva has been found GUILTY of robbing a bank in New York back in August 2017 … and now he’s facing up to 7 years behind bars.
The 32-year-old was convicted of 3rd-degree robbery after jurors viewed surveillance footage of the incident … where Da Silva is seen jumping on the counter and demanding cash.
As we previously reported … bank workers claimed Da Silva threatened to shoot them as he demanded cash at the Astoria Citibank.
Da Silva was facing 2 felony robbery charges. Since the security footage couldn’t prove he had a gun, he was found not guilty of 1st-degree robbery … which carries a maximum 25-year prison sentence.
Da Silva’s attorney, David Fish, tells TMZ Sports his client is planning to appeal.
Fish also said, “Thanks to the insight of the jury, he walked out of court a free man Thursday and was not convicted of any violent offense.”
Da Silva’s sentencing is set for February 28.
Steve Buscemi‘s wife died earlier this week, and the funeral was a moving funeral at their NYC home … TMZ has learned.
We’re told Jo Andres died either last Monday or over last weekend. On Monday, friends and family began arriving at their Brooklyn home. It appears the funeral service — at the home — was held last Tuesday and the burial was Wednesday.
We’re told there were around 20 people at the service, including Steve’s co-star from “The Big Lebowski” John Turturro and Aida Turturro from “The Sopranos.” Steve’s brother Michael and Steve’s son Lucian were also there.
FDNY blocked off the street Wednesday as the wicker casket was removed from the home. As you know, Buscemi was a volunteer FDNY firefighter on 911.
The company that showed up to do the prep work for the funeral specializes in home funerals and “natural burials” … where the body is not embalmed and typically the final resting place is in a “natural setting.” Everything is biodegradable and one of the purposes is to preserve the environment.
Steve and Jo were married for 30 years. They had a son, Lucian, who’s 29.
We do not know the cause of death.
Jo was 65.
Two USC fans have been charged for allegedly vandalizing UCLA‘s on-campus statue and now face up to 3 YEARS in JAIL.
Louis Torres (19) and Willie Johnson (18) allegedly hit up UCLA’s campus on Nov. 13 — just days before the Trojans’ rivalry game with the Bruins — and sought to violate the bear statue.
Officials say the two men doused the statue in Trojan-colored paint … and also inked the letters “SC” into the landmark’s pedestal.
It’s interesting … ’cause in preparation for the big game — UCLA officials actually boxed up the bear … which means the vandals had to go the extra mile to get to it … physically prying open the box to get to the statue.
Reports estimate the vandalism caused $ 15,000 worth of damage … and now, officials say both suspects could face up to 3 years in jail, if convicted.
This ain’t the first time the Bruin bear has been subject to USC antics … back in 2009, it was also doused in red and yellow paint — which caused a reported $ 20,000 of damage.
For their part … USC fans make sure UCLA can’t retaliate by wrapping their on-campus statues in duct tape and having students guard them throughout rivalry week.
Trevor Lawrence‘s girlfriend landed a winner … and she knew it 2 YEARS AGO … ’cause she predicted her man would win the national championship back in 2017!!!!
The freshman Clemson star has been dating college soccer player Marissa Mowry since early 2016 … and while we were doing some research on the dreamy QB’s lady, we came across this prophecy from January 9, 2017:
“Two more years then you’ll be a National Champ😉 #GoTigers”
Not only was Marissa right … but the fact that Trevor beat out Kelly Bryant to take over the starting gig as a true freshman and lead the Tigers over Bama in the title game makes this just. plain. FREAKY.
The prediction was bold … but the confidence in her man was justified — Trevor was considered one of the greatest high school QB prospects ever.
We’ve reached out to Marissa for comment (and some lottery numbers) … so far, no word back.
‘Love & Hip Hop’ star Tommie Lee has been indicted on multiple child abuse charges — and the details of the alleged assault on her kid are horrific.
According to the indictment filed by the state of Georgia — and obtained by TMZ — Tommie Lee went to her young daughter’s middle school this past October and allegedly disrupted the class, slapped her daughter on the hands with her purse strap, slapped her across the face, dragged her down the hall by her hair … and threw her into a metal locker.
Tommie faces 7 charges in the indictment, and 3 of ’em are felonies. The rest are misdemeanors. If she’s convicted on all seven … prosecutors tell us Tommie could be locked up for up to 54 years.
We broke the story … Tommie was arrested twice in connection to this case — once for the alleged assault, and again less than 24 hours later for violating a court order to stay away from her kid … whom we’re told she went to see less than 3 hours after being released from jail.
She’s been in and out of jail (and back again) repeatedly over the past couple years now — all while appearing on “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.” Tommie reportedly said she’d be quitting the show.
Makes sense … she’s got bigger fish to fry right now.
Randy Jackson is one big step closer to being a single man … more than 4 years after his wife filed for divorce.
According to new docs obtained by TMZ … the judge signed off on Randy and his estranged wife Erika’s dissolution of marriage last month. The 2 will be officially divorced on February 7.
It’s unclear who got what in the divorce … the settlement’s being kept under wraps.
We broke the story … Erika filed for divorce in September 2014 after 18 years of marriage. The couple had no prenup, so it’s a good bet she made out well considering the millions Randy made in his “American Idol” heyday.
Randy and Erika have 2 adult children together, so custody is not an issue.
Taylor Swift had a heroes party for New Year’s Eve with a bunch of famous buds.
Taylor dressed as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Gigi Hadid dressed up as Mary Poppins and Blake Lively dressed as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Some of the other costumes … Audrey Hepburn, Ms. Frizzle, Cinderella, Gwen Stefani, Mr. Toad, Avril Lavigne, Nancy Drew, Posh Spice, Rizzo, Frida Kahlo, Steve Irwin.
BTW … the Gwen Stefani costume — the blue bikini top — replicates a ’90s red carpet appearance by the singer. The Dorothy outfit even came with Toto in a basket!
Taylor commented on the post, “Sending you all love and hope going into 2019.”
Taylor joined Ryan Reynolds for a little gin guzzle from Ryan’s label, Aviation.
The party went down somewhere in New York City. It’s unclear if it’s a restaurant or whether she took over a club.
Tiffany Haddish had a difficult New Year’s Eve during her show in Miami … especially when the crowd started to disperse mid-show.
Tiffany, who’s almost always hilarious and on point, was performing at the James L. Knight Center to a packed house. But, her set wasn’t connecting with the audience, and she clearly knew it. At one point, as some people started leaving, she said, “This is weird for me. Now, this is going to be on TMZ or whatever.”
During her routine, Tiffany talks about her mom getting out of a mental institution … she says she told her mom to punch her in the back and burp her. She also griped about her family asking her for money. She says her sister wanted a refrigerator and a new stove, but Tiffany said she told her sister she had just paid her rent, so she just gave her a cooler.
Tiffany changed things up, cracked open a bottle of Ciroc and started drinking with the audience.
Happy New Year!
Tons of celebs rang in the New Year at various events in Miami, and we got pics of a bunch of them!
2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Hulk Hogan, Jamie Foxx, and Dua Lipa were at LIV nightclub.
Benny Benassi hosted New Year’s Eve 2019 at Wet nightclub in South Beach.
EDX hosted a New Year’s Eve soiree at WALL nightclub.
J Balvin & Alesso Ring were at Poolside nightclub at the Fontainebleau hotel.
Meek Mill hosted New Year’s Eve 2019 at STORY nightclub.
Meek and Fabolous hosted a dinner at Mandrake nightclub.
Myles Shear and Don Julio hosted New Year’s Eve 2019 at Miami Beach Residence.
Tory Lanez hosted New Year’s Eve 2019 at Rockwell nightclub.
AND … CeeLo Green hosted at Two to Tango at Faena nightclub.