The former label head for hip hop legends Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg is is heading to prison for 28 years after getting sentenced today. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case. Knight is scheduled to be sentenced Oct 4, and will be given a 28-year sentence under the terms of his plea deal with the LA County District Attorney’s Office.
Suge Knight is one of the most mythical figures in hip hop history due to building one of the biggest empires the music industry ever saw. He is most infamously known for being in the car the night Tupac Shakur was murdered in September 1996.
His role in music history was played by Dominic Santana in Tupac biopic “All Eyez On Me” and USA Network’s “Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie” mini series. We had the honor of interviewing Dominic Santana out in Los Angeles during his media run to promote the highly anticipated biopic last year.
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According to Los Angeles Times:
Knight reached a plea agreement Thursday in connection with the 2015 hit-and-run death of Terry Carter outside a Compton restaurant after a dispute related to the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
Knight, 53, could serve up to 28 years in state prison.
Dressed in orange jail scrubs, the onetime hip-hop juggernaut stared straight ahead as Judge Ronald S. Coen detailed the plea agreement Thursday afternoon. He simply replied “Yes” when asked if he accepted it.
Crystal Carter, the youngest daughter of Knight’s victim, rushed out of the courtroom wearing sunglasses after the plea deal was struck. A pendant reading “Carter” hung near her heart.
She said it was a relief to see the court proceedings, which had become “a complete circus,” wind to a close after three and a half years.
“But it will never be a win to the family,” she said. “Can’t bring my dad back.”