Record producer and music executive Suge Knight will receive a stiff prison sentence after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter. TMZ reports that Knight, 53, will be sentenced to 28 years behind bars.
Knight, who has been in jail waiting for his trial for about 3-1/2 years, will get credit for time served, and will be on parole for three years after he serves his prison time, the story reports.
“Suge’s sentence is stiffer than a typical voluntarily manslaughter because he had a prior felony conviction in 1997,” TMZ reports. “He also got an extra 5 years because the [Terry] Carter killing was deemed a ‘serious and violent’ felony. He got an additional year due to his truck being a deadly weapon.”
The former Death Row Records executive was facing the possibility of life in prison before his plea. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
“Suge ran over Terry back in January 2015 as he fled the Tam’s Burgers parking lot in Compton,” TMZ notes. “TMZ posted the surveillance video that showed Knight throw his truck in reverse, knock over one man, then drive forward over Terry … killing him.”