Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleads no contest to manslaughter

Posted September 21, 2018

The Death Row Records founder made the plea to avoid charges of murdering one man and attempting to murder a second with his pick-up truck in Los Angeles.

Knight was facing murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run charges stemming from an incident that took place in January 2015 outside Tam's Burgers in Compton. Terry Carter, 55, was killed and the other man was injured.

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

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Dressed in orange jail scrubs, the onetime hip-hop juggernaut stared straight ahead as Judge Ronald S. Coen detailed the plea agreement Thursday afternoon. Cle "Bone" Sloan survived his injuries.

Knight's attorney, Al DeBlanc, first contacted the Los Angeles County district attorney's office about a possible plea deal Wednesday, according to Lillian Carter, the victim's wife.

Carter's widow, Lillian Carter, told the Los Angeles Times that Knight's sentence didn't bring her relief from a legal drama.

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The confrontation was captured on surveillance video near the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992. In 1997, he was sentenced to jail for violating that probation after participating in an altercation in Las Vegas that culminated hours later in the fatal shooting of Tupac Shakur while he rode in Knight's auto. Both rap murders remain unsolved.

David Kenner, an attorney affiliated with Knight's Death Row Records, said after Knight's arrest that he was not guilty.

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