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Onetime rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight sentenced to 28 years for manslaughter

Marion “Suge” Knight left and his defense attorney Albert De Blanc Jr. appear in court in Los Angeles Thursday Oct. 4 2018. A judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison for the 2015 death of man he ran over outside a Compton burger stand. (David Mc Onetime rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight sentenced to 28 years for manslaughter
Stacy Diaz | 05 October, 2018, 01:59

Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in state prison for running a man down and killing him with a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Compton hamburger stand in 2015.

He pleaded no contest September 20 - days before his long-awaited trial was set to begin in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom - in connection with the January 29, 2015, killing of Terry Carter, 55, following an argument on the set of the movie "Straight Outta Compton".

Suge Knight has accepted a plea deal for 28-years after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the murder of Terry Carter, according to TMZ.

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

Knight listened without reaction as members of the dead man's family addressed the court, describing 55-year-old Mr Carter as a deeply devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend during the hearing. At his pinnacle in the mid-1990s, he was putting out wildly popular records that are now considered classics from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

Marion “Suge” Knight appears in court in Los Angeles Thursday Oct. 4 2018. A judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison for the 2015 death of man he ran over outside a Compton burger stand

Outside court, Carter's widow said, "I really don't want him (Knight) to ever leave jail".

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

Tupac was shot and killed at the peak of his popularity in Las Vegas, Nevada during a drive-by shooting in 1996. He originally pleaded not guilty, saying he'd acted in self-defense.

Knight also posted two photos which appear to show Shakur.

Knight served five years in prison for assault and federal weapons violations and, after his release in 2001, spent another 10 months behind bars for violating parole by hitting a Hollywood nightclub valet. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.