Suge Knight Officially Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Hit-And-Run Murder

UPDATE (10/5/18 at 8:08 a.m. ET):

Suge Knight has officially been sentenced.

On Thursday, the judge sentenced the rap mogul, who two weeks ago pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for a 2015 hit and run, E! News reports.

To find out more about the incident that took one man’s life and injured one more, plus why Suge got such a harsh sentence, read below.

Original story (9/21/18 at 1:08 p.m. ET):

Suge Knight has plead guilty to manslaughter in relation to a 2015 hit-and-run incident — and now faces 28 years in prison.

The rap mogul appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday where he plead no contest — the equivalent to pleading guilty in the state of California. He was accused in January 2015 of hitting two men after a confrontation on the set of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, killing one of them in the process.


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Suge faced one count of murder for the death of Terry Carter, a co-founder of Heavyweight Records, and one count of attempted murder in the case of Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was hospitalized after the rap star allegedly struck both men with his truck, according to CNN. Suge’s defense team claimed during the trial that he only fled the scene because he feared both men would attempt to kill him.

The 53-year-old will officially be sentenced on October 4, and prosecutors are expecting he’ll be given 28 years in prison (which was reduced from a potential life sentence since he plead guilty).

However, his previous 1996 felony conviction for beating Tupac Shakur contributed to his longer sentence. He was given an additional five years because Terry’s death was ruled a “serious and violent” crime, and another year because his truck was deemed a hazardous weapon.


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On a more positive note, he will be credited the three-and-a-half years he’s already been behind bars awaiting trial and he will be on parole for three years after his sentence.

All other charges against Suge, real name Marion Hugh Knight Jr., will be dismissed.

Suge is most known for being the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. The record label is responsible for the careers of co-founder Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur, among other legendary rappers.


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