Suge Knight Sentenced for 2015 Fatal Hit-and-Run

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In the last hour Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man near the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton. Knight had been initially charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run for using a pickup truck to run down 55-year-old Terry Carter and Cle "Bone" Sloan in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue on January 29, 2015.

Knight, 53, is facing a 28-year state prison term when he appears before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen.

The sentence represents the low point of a long decline for Knight, one of the most important figures in the history of hip-hop.

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According to TMZ, Suge Knight has struck a plea deal in the murder case of Terry Carter this afternoon (September 20). He did not address the court.

Suge Knight, who was the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records and a close friend of the deceased rapper, was seated next to Tupac during the shooting.

Tupac was shot and killed at the peak of his popularity in Las Vegas, Nevada during a drive-by shooting in 1996.

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Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton", were involved in a fistfight that ended up with Knight hitting Mr Sloan with his pickup truck.

Knight, who was out on bail in a robbery case at the time, fled the scene but was later arrested.

Knight, a Compton native and former football player, co-founded Death Row Records, which in its heyday in the early 1990s was generating revenues of about $100 million per year. The law dictates that in a situation such as Knight's, a manslaughter sentence is doubled and combined with an extra six years.

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As part of his agreement with prosecutors to plead no contest - the legal equivalent of guilty - to the lesser offense of manslaughter, all other charges in the case were dropped.