Suge Knight Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Fatal Hit and Run

The Death Row Records co-founder has remained behind bars since he was arrested in 2015 and had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

By Cydney Contreras Oct 04, 2018 5:41 PMTags
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UPDATE: A Los Angeles judge sentenced Suge Knight to 28 years in state prison on Thursday, two weeks after the Death Row Records co-founder pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for running over a man named Terry Carter with a pickup truck in 2015.

Knight received the high-term of 11 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter count that doubled because he has a prior conviction under California's three strikes law, and received an additional five years because the conviction was for a serious and violent felony and a year for the deadly weapon allegation, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement to E! News.


Suge Knight struck a plea deal for fatally running over and killing a man in 2015.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the music producer entered a plea for manslaughter by use of a deadly weapon, which was his truck.

Per his agreement, the star is expected to serve 28 years in state prison at the Department 101 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center starting on Oct. 4.

In January 2015, the music mogul was initially charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case. 

At the time of the incident, the producer turned himself into the authorities, but was denied bail due to his criminal past. 

The incident, which Knight's attorney has referred to as a "tragic accident," occurred on the set of a commercial shoot with The GameIce Cube and Dr. Dre.

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It is reported that the Death Row Records founder was trying to leave after an altercation with a crew member, during which he ran over Terry Carter and Cle "Bone" Sloan. Carter succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later that day, while Sloan sustained minor injuries.

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Knight and his attorney have attempted to throw out the case, however, the District Attorney argued there was sufficient evidence to move forward the case. The case moved forward even after Sloan said he wasn't a "snitch" and didn't remember most of the events that occurred on the day of the hit-and-run.

Dr. Dre was later dragged into the story when Carter's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, claiming the rappers were responsible for the person's death because they allowed Knight on the premises, despite knowing his criminal past. The case was later thrown out by a California appeals court. 

(Originally published on Sept. 20, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.)

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