28-year prison sentence caps long downfall for 'Suge' Knight

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It wasn't until September 2017 when a Los Angeles Police Department source involved in the investigation revealed the real motif behind the attack, which was prompted by a gang-related retaliation against Suge Knight Sr., the legendary rapper's label chief, according to People.

UPDATED, 1:47 PM: The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said today that Marion "Suge" Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man near the set of a commercial being shot for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.

Weeks after pleading no contest in relation to a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another injured, former hip hop heavyweight Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen, who issued the sentence, appeared moved by the family's words and offered his own condolences.

The victim's daughter Crystal called Knight "a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species".

The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter in California is 11 years.

Knight ran over Terry Carter who went on to die from his injuries
Image Knight ran over Terry Carter who later died from his injuries

The former Death Row Records co-founder had been facing life in prison for Carter's death and one count of attempted murder in the case of Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was maimed after Knight allegedly struck the pair with his truck. He did not address the court.

Knight is due to be sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, and said he is looking forward to moving to a more permanent facility because he hasn't received proper medical attention since he's been behind bars. The onetime college football star and "gangsta" rap pioneer eventually lost control of his label in bankruptcy proceedings. Suge will also be on parole for three years following his prison sentence.

Knight had claimed he was trying to flee the scene in his truck, contending that Sloan - who was working security for the film set - was armed with a gun.

Shakur was in Knight's auto when he was killed in a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in 1996.

He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. In return, two criminal cases were to be dropped against him. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

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