Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleads to manslaughter days before murder trial

Danny Woods
September 21, 2018

Knight has been locked up since January of 2015.

Former US rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge over a hit-and-run incident in 2015. Jury selection in the murder trial had been set to start on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Suge will also be on parole for three years following his prison sentence.

According to TMZ, Suge Knight has struck a plea deal in the murder case of Terry Carter this afternoon (September 20).

Despite giving a detailed account of the incident to police on the day it happened, just a few months later at a preliminary hearing he claimed to have little memory of it, and even refused at first to identify Knight as the person sitting in the courtroom who he'd fought with. The deal was presided by Judge Ronald S. Coen who received the agreement from Knight who only uttered "yes".

A key figure in the gangsta-rap scene of the 1990s, Knight co-founded Death Row Records in 1991, a now-defunct label that once represented Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg.

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Knight was the one driving the vehicle the night that Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

However, Knight will get credit for time served, knocking down his sentence to about 25 years.

Months later, rap artist Christopher Wallace, known as Notorious B.I.G. and signed to a rival record label, was shot to death in Los Angeles. The 53-year-old will get credit for time served - he's been in jail awaiting trial for around 3 1/2 years. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

Had Knight been found guilty of murder as originally charged, he would have faced life in prison, prosecutors said.

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