Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 21, 2018

Suge has maintained that he wasn't trying to hurt Sloan or Carter and says he was trying to escape after believing that they were both about to shoot him.

Knight, sporting a graying beard and wearing an orange jail uniform and dark-rimmed glasses, said little during Thursday's proceedings, mostly giving one- or two-word answers to a series of procedural questions from Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen.

Carter was ran over when Suge Knight tried to speed out of the parking lot at Tam's Burgers in Compton where a portion of the movie was being shot.

On Thursday, Knight requested a new attorney, who would be the 15th in the case. Surveillance video of the incident was said to have been ready to play had the case gone to trial. Knight was reportedly upset that he was not being paid for the use of his likeness.

The agreement means prosecutors will recommend he serve 28 years behind bars.

Knight, left, sits next to his defence attorney Albert DeBlanc Jr. while listening to the terms of his plea of no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

Knight, 53, was once one of the most feared men in the record industry during his days as CEO of Death Row Records, a gangsta rap label that spawned massive hits by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Suge's prior felony convictions also made this sentencing much harsher.

The rap mogul faces a 28-year prison sentence as part of his plea bargain.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's vehicle just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

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