Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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

Suge Knight CREDIT Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times via AP Pool
Diane Mills | 21 September, 2018, 13:02

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.

Surveillance footage shows Knight about to leave the restaurant parking lot while driving a red pickup truck.

Knight is scheduled to be sentenced October 4, and will be given a 28-year sentence under the terms of his plea deal with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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.

The gangsta rap mogul entered his no contest plea in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday.

The incident happened after an argument over the making of Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about rap group NWA.

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The plea deal gets in just under the wire for Suge Knight as he was scheduled to being trial on September 24. The Death Row founder will be credited time served for the 3 1/2 years he spent in jail leading up to his sentencing.

Knight has reportedly been experiencing health issues in recent years and told the judge he expects to die in prison.

By accepting the 28 years, other pending charges against Knight will be dismissed.

Knight, 53, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists.

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

He originally faced life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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