Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

Suge was arrested shortly after the incident and has been in jail ever since then, awaiting trial.

Suge Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison, the Associated Press reports.

Knight is scheduled to be sentenced October 4, and will be given a 28-year sentence under the terms of his plea deal with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

He had been charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene following a fight outside a burger stand in the Compton area of LA in January 2015. Knight was one of that label's three co-founders, alongside Dr. Dre and the D.O.C. "He also ran over Cle "Bone" Sloan", who was injured but survived.

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Knight's lawyers maintain he was acting in self-defence as he fled armed attackers when he ran over Mr Carter and Mr Sloan. According to the AP, his plea deal calls for him to serve 22 years in prison, with another six because the manslaughter was a third strike felony violation. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. Part of the judge's instructions to the defendant include a phrase about the possibility of deportation following conviction, to which Suge said, "So, ICE can come and get me".

He pleaded guilty way back in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rappers in a Hollywood recording studio.

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 auto just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Here at LAist, our goal is to cover the stories that matter to you and the community you live in. Independent, local journalism isn't cheap, but with your support we can keep delivering it.

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