Carjacker of Eminem's Mom Sentenced
James Antonio Knott was convicted of dragging Debbie Nelson, 49, from her car last Jan. 22 on the street made famous by her rapper son's movie "8 Mile," the Associated Press reports.
Nelson, 49, had said that she thought the boy should be punished, but that her "main concern is that he's rehabilitated and won't do this again." Michigan law, however, prohibited the judge from offering such a light sentence on felony robbery charges.
Knott, who had pleaded guilty to charges of carjacking and armed robbery, was sentenced to at least 4 years and 3 months in prison and ordered to pay $3,473 in restitution to Nelson, who suffered bruises and a broken foot.
She declined comment at Monday's hearing -- and her famous son has declined comment on the entire incident. Nelson's rocky relationship with the rapper (whose real name is Marshall Mathers III) is a well-known fact, given the many references to his mother in songs such as "Cleaning Out My Closet." Nelson brought -- and received settlements for -- two defamation lawsuits involving her son.