‘Suge’ Knight gets 28 years in prison for deadly hit-and-run

‘Suge’ Knight gets 28 years in prison for deadly hit-and-run

A California judge has sentenced Marion (Suge) Knight to 28 years in prison almost four years after the former rap mogul killed a man with his truck. He admitted using a "deadly and unsafe weapon" on Jan 29, 2015 when he ran down two men with his pickup truck outside a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, following a heated argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton".

The hearing on Thursday for the 53-year-old Death Row Records co-founder comes nearly four years after Knight killed one man and injured another with his truck outside a Compton burger stand.

Sentenced today to 28 years in prison for killing Carter and injuring Sloan by running them over with his truck, Marion "Suge" Knight had to face Carter's family, who read statements to the court, slamming Suge for killing their father/husband/brother.

Knight was convicted of armed robbery and assault with a gun during his time with the label, which is widely seen as having contributed to its decline.

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

Two other criminal cases that Suge was facing were dismissed at sentencing.

Voluntary manslaughter would normally bring a sentence of 11 years in prison, but Knight's conviction along with his previous felonies triggers California's three strikes law. He also is eligible to shave another 15 percent, or 4.2 years, off his term for good behavior while in prison, meaning he could end up serving almost 20 years before release.

Outside court, Carter's widow said, "I really don't want him (Knight) to ever leave jail".

He pleaded no contest on Sept 20 to a charge of manslaughter for a hit-and-run killing.

Tupac was shot and killed at the peak of his popularity in Las Vegas, Nevada during a drive-by shooting in 1996. Both rap murders remain unsolved.

Sloan had worked as an adviser on the film, which portrayed Knight in his early days as the co-founder of Death Row Records.

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