Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years for 2015 fatal hit-and-run

Tanya Cunningham
September 21, 2018

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

The former Death Row Records CEO was charged with murder after he used his vehicle to run over two men at a Los Angeles restaurant parking lot in January of 2015.

Suge Knight is now 53 years old which means that he will be in his 80s before he is released from prison.

As part of the agreement, Knight has also been absolved in two other cases from 2014.

The following year, a federal racketeering probe of Knight and his record label, stemming from allegations of murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and gun running, was closed with the company pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.


He pleaded no contest to the voluntary manslaughter of Terry Carter, whose death occurred during an argument over the making of 2015 NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

There was video of the incident that shows a truck driven by Knight. Following what appears to be a brief discussion, a struggle then ensues. Sloan has denied he and Carter were carrying arms.

According to the sheriff's department, Knight reversed over the men and hit them again as he drove off. Knight allegedly clipped Sloan with his pickup truck and fatally ran over Carter. He spent time in jail in 1997 and 2003 for parole violations arising from assault charges.

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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