A Baton Rouge man convicted late last year of rape must serve the rest of his natural life in prison, a Caddo District Judge has ruled.


On March 5, 2024 Judge Ramona Emanuel sentenced Christopher McKnight, 42, to natural life without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He had been convicted September 13, 2023 in connection with a second-degree rape for which he had been arrested May 13, 2022.


Prior to sentencing, the state filed a fourth felony multiple offender bill of information detailing McKnight’s extensive criminal history. The state used the last three convictions McKnight received — simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and two counts of simple burglary, all from 2014, and the 2023 conviction — as the basis of the multiple billing. A five-year period had not lapse between the expiration of the maximum sentence on each of the previous felony convictions and the commission of this subsequent felony conviction.


McKnight was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brittany Arvie and Senae Hall. He was defended by Royal Alexander and Katherine Ferguson.


The case was docket No. 393736.