Suge Knight Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison For Deadly Hit And Run

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was formally sentenced on Thursday to 28 years in prison for a 2015 hit and run that left one man dead and another man injured.

The 53-year-old former producer and co-founder of gangsta rap label Death Row Records last month pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for businessman Terry Carter’s death in Compton, California.

That plea, which mandated a 28-year sentence, averted a murder trial that could have resulted in a life-in-prison sentence for him. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen, as expected, imposed the 28-year sentence, The Associated Press reported.

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Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is seen in court in Los Angeles on Thursday as he was given a 28-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction.

Carter’s family members, appearing in court for Knight’s sentencing, expressed the pain, anger and heartbreak caused them by the fatal encounter outside a burger joint.

“He murdered my dad in cold blood and is a menace to society,” Crystal Carter said in court, according to The New York Daily News.

Carter’s sister, Jessica Carter, read a statement from her late brother’s widow, Lillian Carter, who sat in the gallery crying.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and investigators stand near the scene where Terry Carter was killed in a hit-and-run c

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Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and investigators stand near the scene where Terry Carter was killed in a hit-and-run crash involving Marion “Suge” Knight in 2015.

“It’s been three years, and it’s not any easier. By God’s grace, I am surviving. Not living, just surviving. This is a nightmare,” the statement said. “I only have recorded phone messages that I listen to over and over with a broken heart because I will never hear Terry’s voice again.”

Knight had argued that he hit Carter as he sped off in his car in self-defense, fearing that he was being ambushed.