Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Marion "Suge" Knight Cops Manslaughter Plea, Faces 28 Years In Prison


Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man during a hit-and-run incident after a confrontation on the set of the movie biopic "Straight Outta Compton".

Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records along with hip-hop music king Dr Dre in the early 1990s, had been facing up to life in prison in the case.

Fifty-three-year-old Knight is due to be sentenced on October 4. 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 unsafe weapon".

Suge Knight was facing life in prison if convicted for the murder, but after having some time to think about the mountain of legal troubles he found himself in, he chose to give up fighting.

Knight's truck is seen going into reverse, throwing the man to the ground. Terry Carter, 55, was killed and the other man was injured. Attorneys for Knight have said that he was acting in self-defense and that Sloan was armed, which Sloan has denied.

His most recent charges include murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run after he fled the scene of an altercation outside of a Compton restaurant in 2015. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. He spent time in jail in 1997 and 2003 for parole violations arising from assault charges.

Knight was the one driving the vehicle the night that Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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