Lonnie Knight, son of musical icon Gladys Knight, was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison and five years of supervised release for willfully evading property taxes. Knight was also ordered to pay $427,140 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion in May. The fraud involved the taxes the Atlantic City, New Jersey-based Gladys Knight’s Café paid on sales at its business in Texas that were allegedly never recorded in the state’s records.
“My apologies, good luck, and God bless,” Knight told the court before the sentence was handed down.
Knight will now spend his two years in prison in Texas, where he has lived since his father was freed from a Louisiana prison in 2017. Knight was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted manslaughter in 1998. Two years later, he was acquitted of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and later released after eight months of pretrial custody.
The Gladys Knight’s Café was also hit with a $331,000 tax bill in 2006, but Knight’s lawyer reportedly filed a claim that it would cost $600,000 to settle the bill and the IRS agreed. Instead, the client paid a $1.02 million judgment.
“At the time, it just seemed like the right thing to do, because we were able to settle our bill so it wouldn’t hurt,” Knight said in an interview with NPR in 2010.
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