Death Row Records co-founder Marian “Suge” Knight, once one of the most feared men in the rap game, will be spending 28-years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter charges just weeks before the trial was supposed to begin in a Los Angeles court.
Knight, 53, appeared in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday afternoon and entered his "no contest” plea, Los Angeles County District Attorney officials told Radar.
Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run, and could have face a maximum life sentence in state prison.
According to prosecutors, Knight and Cle “Bone” Sloan were involved in an altercation on the set of the N.W.A. Biopic “Straight Out of Compton” in January 2015. Prosecutors said Knight clipped Sloan with his pickup trick and then ran over businessman Terry Carter, who later died from his injuries.
The DA’s office explained why Knight’s sentence was so long.
“Under the sentencing guidelines, Knight would receive the high-term of 11 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter count, which would double because he has a prior conviction under California's three strikes law. He also would receive an additional five years because the conviction was for a serious and violent felony and a year for the deadly weapon allegation.
“By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014. He also was charged for allegedly stealing a camera from a woman in September 2014. Those charges would be dismissed by a judge at sentencing.”
Knight will be sentenced on October 4.
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