It will be a while before the streets see Marion “Suge” Knight again. The legendary founder of Death Row Records has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. This comes after he entered a plea of no contest to charges of voluntary manslaughter.
The incident in question comes from the killing of Terry Carter. Back in January 2015, the moment Suge hit Carter and another man with his Ford F-150 in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton was caught on tape. The fatal hit-and-run occurred after an argument on the set of the blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton. Suge initially claimed that he did not intentionally hit the men, but was trying to flee the scene because he thought his opps were trying to shoot him.
Suge’s sentence is stiffer than a typical voluntarily manslaughter because he had a prior felony conviction in 1997. He also got an extra 5 years because the Carter killing was deemed a “serious and violent” felony. He got an additional year due to his truck being a deadly weapon.
It has taken the case 3 1/2 years to close and that time will be credited to Suge’s sentence. He will also have to serve three years of probation when/if he’s released as an elderly man. He was facing life in prison if he went to trial.