Suge Knight trial: Rap mogul pleads no contest over hit-and-run death

Suge Knight trial: Rap mogul pleads no contest over hit-and-run death

Suge Knight trial: Rap mogul pleads no contest over hit-and-run death

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, almost four years ago.

In pleading no contest, equivalent to a guilty plea under California law, the 53-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records admitted using a "deadly and risky weapon" when he ran down two men with his pickup truck.

The charge relates to an incident in January 2015 in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles. Upon trying to leave the scene, Knight clipped Sloan with his vehicle and ran over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Under the sentencing guidelines, Knight would receive the high-term of 11 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter count, which would double because he has a prior conviction under California's three strikes law.

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Two other criminal cases against Knight will be dismissed at sentencing.

He had faced life in prison if convicted of murder for killing Carter. Following what appears to be a brief discussion, a struggle then ensues.

Knight's legal team attempted to argue that their client was acting in self-defense, alleging that Sloan was armed, but it didn't seem to hold up in court. Sloan has denied he and Carter were carrying arms. He spent time in jail in 1997 and 2003 for parole violations arising from assault charges.

That scuffle in September 1996 took place hours before Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack while riding in a auto with Knight after a Mike Tyson boxing match.

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