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Rap mogul Suge Knight to serve 28 years over killing that followed 'Straight Outta Compton' row

The 53-year-old music icon has been held behind bars since January 2015.

Marlon 'Suge' Knight in court in 2015
Marlon 'Suge' Knight in court in 2015
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FORMER RAP MOGUL Marion “Suge” Knight will serve 28 years in prison for running over and killing a man three years ago, after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday.

Knight’s plea, which was unveiled in a Los Angeles courtroom, came just days before he was to stand trial for the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter.

Carter was run down outside a Los Angeles restaurant in 2015 following a dispute over the movie “Straight Outta Compton”.

The 53-year-old rap music icon has been held behind bars since January 2015, when he was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after ramming his pick-up truck into Carter and another man in the driveway of a fast-food restaurant in Compton.

His lawyers argued that he did not intend to harm the victims – one of whom survived – and was trying to drive away after a gun attack in broad daylight.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV, took place following an argument over “Straight Outta Compton”, a biopic about the pioneering rap group NWA.

Prosecutors said Knight was upset over not being paid for the use of his likeness in the film. 

Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records with NWA star Dr Dre in the early 1990s, had been facing up to life in prison in the case.

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Under the plea deal, he is set to be sentenced to 28 years in state prison on 4 October.

Death Row Records launched stars such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, but collapsed in 1996 when Knight was jailed for violating a probation order by beating up a rival in Las Vegas.

He served another 10-month jail stint in 2003 after getting into a fight outside a Hollywood nightclub.

- © AFP, 2018

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