Suge Knight to serve 28-year sentence after pleading no contest

Fifty-three-year-old Knight is due to be sentenced on October 4

In this still image from a security video made on January 29, 2015, and provided by the Los Angeles Superior Court where it was entered into evidence, an SUV driven by rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is stopped at the entrance to a fast food restaurant in Compton, Calif., near Los Angeles, as a man approaches the vehicle. Carter was struck and killed by an SUV that Knight was driving after the former Death Row Records head got into a fight while being on the set of the hit movie Straight Outta Compton.

Knight, who at the time was out on bail in a robbery case, fled the scene but was later arrested. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. Court officials had said that no witness list would be released ahead of the trial, and that some witnesses might not be identified by name during the case.

Knight would've gotten 20 years, but he picked up an additional five years because the crime was deemed violent and severe. Reports state Knight did not want to take the plea deal with media present.

The plea deal was initiated by Al DeBlanc, the attorney for Knight, to the L.A. County district attorney office on Wednesday.


Knight would frequently, against the advice of Coen and his attorneys, speak extensively during hearings, complaining about jail conditions, his attorneys and his health issues. The charge Knight plead no contest to was voluntary manslaughter, in which Terry Carter was plowed over by a vehicle Knight was at the wheel of at a restaurant in Compton.

At its peak, Death Row Records racked in hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the backs of artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

The rap mogul faces a 28-year prison sentence as part of his plea bargain. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

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