Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest today to running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago. At his pinnacle in the mid-1990s, he was putting out wildly popular records that are now considered classics from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. They included daughter Crystal, who called Knight "a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species".

Knight struck a surprise plea deal with prosecutors on September 20, just a few days before he was to have stood trial for murder and attempted murder.

Suge Knight has accepted a plea deal for 28-years after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the murder of Terry Carter, according to TMZ.

The probation violation stemmed from a scuffle he was involved in at a Las Vegas hotel in September 1996, hours before Shakur was shot to death while riding in a auto being driven by Knight on the Las Vegas Strip.

Knight insisted, "I'm not on drugs", and shared photos that seemed to show an older Tupac posing with 50 Cent and Beyonce as evidence.

Knight had claimed he was trying to flee the scene in his truck, contending that Sloan - who was working security for the film set - was armed with a gun.

The co-founder of the influential label Death Row Records previously served more than half of a nine-year term for violating the probation he received in 1995 for an assault on two aspiring rappers at a Hollywood recording studio.

The incident that led to Carter's death occurred in 2015 during a confrontation between Suge and longtime rival, Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on "Straight Outta Compton". Knight's attorneys have said it was an act of self-defense.

That plea, which mandated a 28-year sentence, averted a murder trial that could have resulted in a life-in-prison sentence for him. That doubles the manslaughter sentence and adds an extra six years.

The agreement also cleared Knight in two other cases, both from 2014.

  • Kyle Peterson