Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

News Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter Charges

News Suge Knight Pleads No Contest to Manslaughter Charges

Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter from a 2015 incident.

Knight, co-founder of the label Death Row Records, entered the no contest plea - the equivalent under California law of a guilty plea - before he was due to face trial for murder.

Suge Knight is now 53 years old which means that he will be in his 80s before he is released from prison.

By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases.

Knight's sentence includes 22 years for voluntary manslaughter and six years because this was his third felony.

Knight, who at the time was out on bail in a robbery case, fled the scene but was later arrested. Knight had gotten into a fist fight with Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was used as a consultant for the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton". Following what appears to be a brief discussion, a struggle then ensues.

According to prosecutors, Knight proceeded to follow the men to a nearby burger restaurant, where he ran over them with his vehicle.

Terry Carter, 55, was struck and killed by the truck.

Knight turned himself in to authorities a day after the incident.

Knight's lawyers maintain he was acting in self-defence as he fled armed attackers when he ran over Mr Carter and Mr Sloan. Sloan has denied he and Carter were carrying arms.

Suge Knight's controversial history and reputation was considered during sentencing.

That scuffle in September 1996 took place hours before Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack while riding in a vehicle with Knight after a Mike Tyson boxing match.

In 1997, rival rapper Biggie Smalls was shot and Knight was sued for wrongful death. Knight denied it and the suit was dismissed. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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