Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was arrested for the death of a man during a hit-and-run incident. This happened on the set of “Straight Outta Compton.”
Suge Knight pleaded no contest to manslaughter in connection with the death of Terry Carter.
The former Death Row Records co-founder is facing life in prison for Carter’s death. He also faces one count of attempted murder in the case of Cle “Bone” Sloan. Sloan was maimed after Suge Knight struck the pair with his truck.
Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison: The Charges
Knight has been charged with one count of hit-and-run also.
A video of the incident shows a truck driven by Knight pulling into the entrance of a Compton restaurant. This was near the site where the movie was filmed in 2015.
Sloan, a security guard, approaches the driver of the truck. The 2 men appear to talk for a few moments. Knight remains inside the vehicle.
All of a sudden, the vehicle backs up and knocks Sloan to the ground. The truck then moves out of the security camera range while still in reverse.
The vehicle then zooms forward, back into camera range. It runs over Sloan a second time and runs over a second man, Carter. Carter, a former rap music label owner, later died.
During sentencing, Knight wore an orange jumpsuit and glasses. He looked on, expressionless. Carter’s Family members expressed anger at Knight and said they are haunted by the video of the incident.
The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter is 11 years in prison in California. However, Knight’s penalty was doubled due to Knight’s prior convictions under the state’s three-strikes law.
Knight faced another 4 years because the conviction is for a serious and violent felony. One additional year is for a deadly weapon allegation involving the truck he used.
“Straight Outta Compton” is the story of the founding of the rap group N.W.A. Suge Knight and Andre “Dr Dre” Young established the Death Row Records label in 1991.