Suge Knight Strikes Plea Deal In 2015 Fatal Hit and Run

Suge Knight Strikes Plea Deal In 2015 Fatal Hit and Run

Suge Knight Strikes Plea Deal In 2015 Fatal Hit and Run

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest in Los Angeles on Thursday to a single count of manslaughter stemming from a fatal 2015 hit-and-run, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that calls for him to serve 28 years in prison.

In pleading no contest, equivalent to a guilty plea under California law, the 53-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records admitted using a "deadly and risky weapon" when he ran down two men with his pickup truck.

Carter was ran over when Suge Knight tried to speed out of the parking lot at Tam's Burgers in Compton where a portion of the movie was being shot. One of the men struck, Terry Carter, died from his injuries.

By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases. 22 years will be served for the charge of vehicular manslaughter, while an additional 6 years was added due to a third strike violation.

While in Compton, CA, on the set of a promotional shoot for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Knight was involved in a fistfight with film consultant Cle "Bone" Sloan. Knight fled the scene. Knight, who was at the wheel, was slightly wounded himself.

Suge has maintained that he wasn't trying to hurt Sloan or Carter and says he was trying to escape after believing that they were both about to shoot him. Knight allegedly clipped Sloan with his pickup truck and fatally ran over Carter.

Knight co-founded Death Row Records with the pioneering producer Dr Dre in the 1990s, but later declared bankruptcy and the company was sold at auction for $24m (£16.7m). He later pleaded guilty to hitting his girlfriend in an incident in 2008. Smalls' estate claimed that Knight ordered the killing in revenge for Shakur's death.

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