Suge Knight Reportedly Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Hit-and-Run Case

Sheila Mcguire
September 21, 2018

Knight, co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, entered the plea ahead of his scheduled trial on murder charges. Jury selection in the murder trial had been set to start on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

TMZ reports Knight plead no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, for which he will serve a total of 28 years.

Knight's lawyers previously contended he accidentally struck the two men with his vehicle while trying to flee what he thought was an ambush attempt.

Prosecutors had said Knight ran down two men in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles area of Compton in January 2015. The incident was captured on videotape by the restaurant's surveillance cameras.

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During Thursday's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

Knight had also been charged one count of hit-and-run.

His record label helped launch the careers of artists including Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.

While his label was initially very successful, his fortunes began to slide in 1996 when rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in the passenger seat of Knight's auto.

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

In 1997, rival rapper Biggie Smalls was shot and Knight was sued for wrongful death. With this plea, Knight will not be eligible for release until he is 81 years old. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

Suge Knight was facing life in prison if convicted for the murder, but after having some time to think about the mountain of legal troubles he found himself in, he made a decision to give up fighting. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014.

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