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

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One of the men, Terry Carter, died from his injuries. An altercation occurred outside the Tam's Burgers Compton restaurant, and Knight ran over two men with his truck. Knight was initially charged with murder and faced life in prison without parole - his sentence of 28 years stems from a plea deal struck with the District Attorney's office on Wednesday.

Averting a murder trial that had been almost four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion (Suge) Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve almost 30 years in prison. While leaving the set, Knight hit Sloan and ran over Carter.

During Thursday's hearing, Knight, wearing orange jail attire with his arms and legs in chains, answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

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As part of the agreement to plead no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter, all other charges in the case were dropped. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. Surveillance video of the incident was said to have been ready to play had the case gone to trial. Knight fled the scene.

Knight and N.W.A. member Andre "Dr. Dre" Young founded the wildly popular Death Row Records label together in 1991. The 28 years sentence is extraordinarily stiff for a guilty plea for manslaughter. As presented, Knight will serve a total of twenty-eight years in prison.

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.

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