Marion “Suge” Knight has struck a plea deal, three years after he murdered Terry Carter via a hit-and-run outside a restaurant in Compton, Los Angelas, multiple sources have confirmed.
The record producer, 53, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter at the Los Angeles Superior Court; he will serve 28 years in a state prison.
Suge will be credited the three-and-a-half years which he already spent behind bars awaiting trial. The former football player will be on parole for three years after his sentence.
Suge's previous 1996 felony conviction for beating Tupac Shakur contributed to his sentence for long.
He was also given an additional five years because the death of Carter was ruled a “serious and violent” crime, and one more year was given because his truck was deemed a hazardous weapon.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Carter’s youngest daughter, Crystal Carter, was present in the courtroom and she was wearing a pendant reading “Carter” to honor her late father.
As per the report, Crystal called the court proceedings “a complete circus” since the beginning in 2015, and now she is glad as the case is over; "it will never be a win to the family. Can’t bring my dad back."
Suge made headlines in January 2015 after he struck Carter with his car at a Tam’s Burgers parking lot in Compton and ran away from there. During the incident, he also struck another man.
At the time, Suge claimed that he drove away because he thought both men were trying to kill him.
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