Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Former rap mogul Suge to serve 28 years in prison

Former rap mogul Suge to serve 28 years in prison

Infamous Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight has sensationally agreed to a 28-year prison sentence after previously pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter over a 2015 hit-and-run incident. An altercation occurred outside the Tam's Burgers Compton restaurant, and Knight ran over two men with his truck.

As part of the agreement to plead no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter, all other charges in the case were dropped. His trial was scheduled to begin October 1.

Crystal Carter, the youngest daughter of Knight's victim, Terry Carter, rushed out of the courtroom wearing sunglasses after the plea deal was struck.

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". He spoke only to answer a series of questions from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen. As presented, Knight will serve a total of twenty-eight years in prison.

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Last year, Knight was indicted on charges of "threatening death or bodily injury" against Staight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

Suge will also be on parole for three years following his prison sentence. As part of the agreement the murder charges were dropped, leaving Knight to serve a sentence for voluntary manslaughter after admitting using a "deadly and risky weapon".

Knight founded Death Row Records, once the well-known home of N.W.A. member Dr. Dre, as well as Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. He had been granted early release in 2001, but was sent back to prison in 2003 after assaulting a parking attendant.

Prosecutors said Knight was upset over not being paid for the use of his likeness in the film. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014.

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