Suge Knight Will Serve 28 Years In Prison Over A Fatal Hit-And-Run

Brenda Watkins
September 21, 2018

The deadly confrontation occurred on January 29, 2015, outside a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, following a heated argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton".

Former US rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge over a hit-and-run incident in 2015. TMZ reported that Knight took a plea deal in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon. In the resulting fallout, Knight got into his auto and clipped Sloan, before running over Compton businessman Terry Carter.

His trial was set to start Monday, but according to the latest from the courtroom, he has accepted a plea deal.

Although Knight reportedly counted Carter as a friend, prosecutors contended the collision was deliberate. Sloan has denied he and Carter were carrying arms.

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Knight collapsed during one court hearing, two of his former attorneys were indicted on witness-tampering charges, and his fiancée pleaded no contest to selling video of Knight hitting the two men with his truck.

The 53-year-old was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists.

Suge's prior felony convictions also made this sentencing much harsher. In February of 1997, Knight was sentenced to five years in prison for violating his probation by partaking in a fight outside of a Las Vegas hotel earlier in the night before Shakur's death, which remains unsolved.

These current charges carried had Knight staring down the barrel of a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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