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According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Marion “Suge” Knight is facing 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to a fatal hit-and-run of a man in a restaurant parking lot three years ago.
The DA’s office said the 53-year-old agreed to the plea deal which includes “one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck.”
Knight is the co-founder of Death Row Records. Before agreeing to the plea deal, Knight faced charges of murder and attempted murder.
The charges date back from January 2015 when an altercation took place outside a Compton restaurant, and Knight ran over two men with his truck.
The hit-and-run left Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter dead and filmmaker Cle “Bone” Sloan severely injured.
Knight is accused of hitting Carter and Sloan near the set of the Oscar-winning 2015 biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Knight claimed he was trying to flee the scene because he feared for his safety.
At the time of the altercation, Knight was out on bail in a robbery case. He did flee the scene but was later arrested. Knight will face sentencing on Oct.4.
According to sentencing guidelines, Knight will be called to receive 11 years in prison which will be doubled because of an earlier conviction under California’s three strikes law.
Additional years will be added to his sentence because the case involves a violent felony and him using a deadly weapon.
However, Knight isn’t the only one who has and will face punishment in the case. In March, two of his former attorneys were indicted due to suspicion of attempting to bribe potential witnesses in the case.
The duo tried to manufacture testimony saying that there were guns at the incident to support Knight’s claim of self-defense.
Evidence against the two lawyers includes a phone text from Knight’s fiancee, Toi-Lin Kelly. Kelly also faced charges related to the case.
She was sentenced to three years in jail in February for a parole violation. Probation had been granted to Kelly after she pleaded no contest to selling footage of Knight’s hit-and-run to TMZ for $55,000.
Due to Knight’s plea deal, charges against him will be dismissed in two other cases dating back to 2014. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats toward Straight Outta Compton director F.Gary Gray, and in the other, he was charged for stealing a woman’s camera.
Source: National Public Radio