Suge Knight Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison


A California judge has sentenced Marion (Suge) Knight to 28 years in prison almost four years after the former rap mogul killed a man with his truck.

The co-founder of the influential label Death Row Records pleaded no contest on September 20 to one count of voluntary manslaughter for the hit-and-run killing of 55-year-old Terry Carter.

Knight's numerous defense lawyers had contended he was acting in self defense, but the Death Row Records co-founder pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter last month, averting a trial on murder and attempted murder charges.

Knight, 53, is facing a 28-year state prison term when he appears before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen.

The prison sentence represents the low point of a long decline for Knight, one of the most important figures in the history of hip-hop.

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.

He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

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Outside court, Carter's widow said, "I really don't want him (Knight) to ever leave jail".

Knight was at the centre of the feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers that marked the middle of that decade.

The probation violation stemmed from a scuffle involving Knight at a Las Vegas hotel in September 1996, hours before Shakur was shot to death while riding in a vehicle with Knight on the Las Vegas Strip.

The fatal confrontation, which was captured on dramatic surveillance video, occurred near a filming set for a promotional video for the movie "Straight Outta Compton".

Sloan had worked as an adviser on the film, which portrayed Knight in his early days as the co-founder of Death Row Records.

In January, two of Knight's attorneys were arrested on charges that they tried to pay off potential witnesses in his murder case.

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