Suge Knight pleads no contest to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Deanna Kelley
September 21, 2018

Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight will serve 28 years in jail for running a man over during a fight in Los Angeles.

Knight killed Terry Carter, 55, a Compton, California, businessman, and injured a security consultant, Cle Sloan, when he ran over both at a local burger stand.

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

By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases.

Though he had faced the possibility of life in prison, if convicted of murdering Carter, his plea deal calls for a 22-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, plus another six years because this was a third-strike violation.

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According to prosecutors, Knight proceeded to follow the men to a nearby burger restaurant, where he ran over them with his vehicle. Knight, who was at the wheel, was slightly wounded himself. Knight initially pleaded not guilty, saying that he acted in self-defense and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan.

Suge has maintained that he wasn't trying to hurt Sloan or Carter and says he was trying to escape after believing that they were both about to shoot him. He later pleaded guilty to hitting his girlfriend in an incident in 2008.

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

In 1997, rival rapper Biggie Smalls was shot and Knight was sued for wrongful death. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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