Suge Knight Gets 28 Years in Prison For Fatal Hit And Run

Lewis Collier
September 22, 2018

The former Death Row Records CEO pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter to avoid charges of murder and attempted murder. The second man, Cle "Bone" Sloan, was left with a badly mangled left foot and head injuries.

After three and a half years in jail while awaiting trial for the murder of a security guard, Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

The following year, a federal racketeering probe of Knight and his record label, stemming from allegations of murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and gun running, was closed with the company pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.

At the time, Knight was out on bail in a robbery case; he fled the scene but was later arrested.

California law states that a no contest plea is equivalent to a guilty plea.

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Surveillance video that showed Knight hitting the two men with his truck was likely to play a central role for both sides. More years would be added to the punishment because the case involves a serious and violent felony and the accusation of using a deadly weapon.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's vehicle just east of the Las Vegas Strip. In March, two of Knight's former attorneys were indicted for attempting to bribe potential witnesses in the case. James Blatt, who was Knight's attorney at the time, previously claimed that Knight's actions were self-defense, according to CBS' Los Angeles affiliate.

Evidence against the two lawyers included a phone text from Knight's fiancee, Toi-Lin Kelly - who faced charges of her own related to the case. The film tells the story of the group N.W.A., founded by Dr. Dre, Easy E and Ice Cube, and Knight wanted some details clarified about how he'd be portrayed in it.

Kelly "was sentenced to three years in jail [in February] for a parole violation", as Andrew reported. 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. Two separate criminal cases in which he was charged with robbery and making criminal threats will also be dismissed when he is formally sentenced on October 4, prosecutors said. In the other, he was charged with stealing a woman's camera.

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