Marion “Suge” Knight, the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records who was once one of the biggest and most feared names in the music industry, was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for killing a Compton businessman, the AP reports.
“Knight, 53, will now likely live out most, if not the rest, of his life in a California prison,” the AP reports. “He showed no emotion in court Thursday as relatives of Terry Carter, the man he killed, described their loved one as a devoted family man and peacemaker.”
The report adds: “Carter was killed after Knight and one of his longtime rivals, Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan, started fighting outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015. Knight was upset about his portrayal in an N.W.A. biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ which Sloan was serving as a consultant on. Knight clipped Sloan with his pickup truck, seriously injuring him, before speeding through the parking lot and running over Carter and fleeing.”
Carter’s relatives criticized Knight in court for showing a complete lack of remorse.
“Carter’s daughter Crystal called Knight a ‘low-life thug,’ ‘career criminal’ and ‘a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species,'” the AP reports, quoting her telling the judge: “I ask that you sentence this unrepentant, remorseless, cold, callous menace to society to the maximum of 28 years.”
The AP report adds: “Before Thursday’s hearing, Knight had already agreed to his lengthy prison term by pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter and avoiding a trial on murder and attempted murder charges that could have resulted in a life sentence if he was convicted. The sentencing ended a nearly four-year court saga that included frequent outbursts by Knight, 53, who also collapsed in court during one appearance and shuffled his defense team 16 times.”