28 year prison sentence caps long downfall for 'Suge' Knight
Knight, 53, will now likely live out most, if not the rest, of his life in a California prison. In a bizarre move, the former rap music mogul's son has taken to Instagram claiming that Tupac is alive
Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced on Thursday to 28 years in prison for mowing down and killing a Compton businessman in a case that completed the former rap music mogul's downfall from his heyday as one of the biggest — and most feared — names in the music industry.
Knight, 53, will now likely live out most, if not the rest, of his life in a California prison. He showed no emotion in court Thursday as relatives of Terry Carter, the man he killed, described their loved one as a devoted family man and peacemaker.
Carter was killed after Knight and one of his longtime rivals, Cle "Bone" Sloan, started fighting outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015. Knight was upset about his portrayal in an N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which Sloan was serving as a consultant on. Knight clipped Sloan with his pickup truck, seriously injuring him, before speeding through the parking lot and running over Carter and fleeing.
While Carter's relatives said they hoped Knight's lengthy sentence will bring them peace, many had no kind words for the Death Row Records co-founder, whom they criticised for showing a complete lack of remorse.
Carter's daughter Crystal called Knight a "low-life thug," ''career criminal" and "a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species. "I ask that you sentence this unrepentant, remorseless, cold, callous menace to society to the maximum of 28 years," she told a judge.
Before Thursday's hearing, Knight had already agreed to his lengthy prison term by pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter and avoiding a trial on murder and attempted murder charges that could have resulted in a life sentence if he was convicted. The sentencing ended a nearly four-year court saga that included frequent outbursts by Knight, 53, who also collapsed in court during one appearance and shuffled his defence team 16 times.
Tupac Shakur became the label's star artist in the 90s before he was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, while riding in a car driven by Knight.
Shakur's death brought on decline for the label, which led to decades of decline for Knight himself. Knight's son Suge J. Knight took to Instagram yesterday with the claim that Shakur is alive and living in Malaysia.
Updated: October 6, 2018 03:41 PM