Suge Knight, the notorious record producer, is going away for a long time. As it was reported earlier this week, Knight was convicted of a 2015 hit-and-run incident, where he hit two people with his car in Compton, California. He ultimately killed Terry Carter. The former Death Row Records producer will serve 28 years in state prison for his crimes, and while it's not a life sentence, it's possible that the 53-year-old music supervisor will be spending his final days behind bars because of his extended conviction. Here's what we know about Suge Knight's Thursday prison verdict.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Marion "Suge" Knight is now officially set to serve 28 years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter charges, to which he pleaded no contest. The plea deal sentence finds Knight serving 22 years on account of voluntary manslaughter, followed by five years since it's his third strike violation-- and then one year for allegations regarding deathly weapons. It also resolves two other pending charges held against the legendary music producer. In 2014, Knight was indicted for making criminal threats, and he was indicted for reportedly stealing a woman's camera.
In January 2015, Suge Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. Through his vehicle, he struck two pedestrians, including witness Cle "Bone" Sloan, and he ultimately fatally wounded Terry Carter. The plea deal that was struck this week, just before a jury selection was set to review the delayed case. That process of was set to begin on October 1st. Initially, there were claims that Knight was potentially looking at a life conviction without parole, if the case when to trial. Understanding the severity of the situation, Knight and his lawyer made sure to strike up a plea deal. The plea deal agreement was considered a surprise by some people, including Crystal Carter, the daughter of the late Terry Carter, who was slain by Suge Knight.
Suge Knight played a major influence in the '90s hip-hop scene based in Compton, California. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Death Row Records, which grew to great heights with the release of Dr. Dre's deeply revered album The Chronic in 1992. Though perhaps a new generation of music listeners was introduced to Suge Knight and his legacy through 2015's hit biopic Straight Outta Compton, where Knight served a sizable role in the storytelling. The music producer wasn't involved in the hit film, but it might ultimately paint a picture of his public persona for years to come. The producer was reportedly not happy about how he was portrayed in the film, and his embittered feelings about it reportedly caused an argument on set, which ultimately led to this tragedy.
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