Suge Knight pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter over deadly Compton hit-and-run

Suge Knight to serve 28 years after pleading no contest in 2015 hit-and-run-death

Suge Knight to serve 28 years after pleading no contest in 2015 hit-and-run-death

The plea came days before jury selection was set to begin for the case.

Prosecutors had said Knight ran down two men in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles area of Compton in January 2015. The SUV then speeds forward, driving over Sloan, then hitting and driving over another man, 55-year-old Terry Carter, who later died.

During Thursday's hearing, Knight, wearing orange jail attire with his arms and legs in chains, answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.

The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter in California is 11 years in prison, but that would double because of prior convictions under the state's three-strikes law, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

Knight has always been known as much for his run-ins with the law and brushes with violence and as for his career as a rap music executive who promoted the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur in the 1990s.

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In 1997, he was sentenced to nine years in prison after violating his probation stemming from an earlier assault charge.

Knight was the one driving the vehicle the night that Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

Knight turned himself in to authorities a day after the incident. Both rap murders remain unsolved.

Knight had initially been charged with the murder of Carter as well as the attempted murder of Cle "Bone" Sloan, for which, if found guilty, he would have faced life in prison. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014.

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