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Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleads guilty to manslaughter for 2015 fatal hit-and-run

September 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleads guilty to manslaughter for 2015 fatal hit-and-run Suge Knight pleaded not guilty

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Former Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for fatally mowing down a Compton businessman nearly four years ago and agreed to a prison term of nearly 30 years.

The rap impresario agreed to a plea deal which will see him spend 22 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter charge.

“Suge” Knight must also serve an additional six years because it is a third strike violation, CNN reports.

He was facing murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand.

Marion “Suge” Knight was involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight hitting Cle “Bone” Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” with his pickup truck and fatally mowing down businessman Terry Carter.

Attorneys for Knight have long maintained their client was acting in self-defense and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan.

Sloan has denied he was carrying a gun during the confrontation.

Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen’s questions, loudly and quickly saying “no contest” when he was asked for his plea during Thursday’s hearing.

A formal sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 4.

“Suge” Knight was facing life in prison for the death of Carter.

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