Suge Knight Gets 28 Years in Prison For Fatal Hit And Run

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 21, 2018

He ended up backing his truck and hitting one man Cle "Bone" Sloan, then rolling over another, Terry Carter - both in reverse and forward.

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.

Marion "Suge" Knight faces 28 years in prison, after pleading no contest to "running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago", according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Surveillance video that showed Knight hitting the two men with his truck was likely to play a central role for both sides. Jury selection in the murder trial had been set to start on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Knight's official sentencing is set for October, the BBC reports.

As part of the agreement to plead no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter, all other charges in the case were dropped. After spending a few moments talking, the vehicle suddenly jerks backward, sending Sloan to the ground, and Knight urges the auto forward and over Sloan's body.

Knight disagreed with the judge's description of one of his previous strikes and put a pause in the proceedings that briefly raised tension in the courtroom.

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Despite giving a detailed account of the incident to police on the day it happened, just a few months later at a preliminary hearing he claimed to have little memory of it, and even refused at first to identify Knight as the person sitting in the courtroom who he'd fought with.

But at one point when asked by the judge if he understood his plea could lead to deportation were he not a USA citizen, Knight joked: "Is ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) gonna come and get me?"

The 53-year-old was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's vehicle just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Knight was released from prison in April 2001.

In addition to being injured in the Shakur slaying, Knight was shot and wounded during a party at a Miami Beach nightspot in 2005 and in 2014 at a West Hollywood nightclub.

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