Onetime rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight sentenced to 28 years for manslaughter


His father was sentenced to 28 years in prison last month over a hit-and-run incident following a confrontation on the set of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight remained unmoved when Carter's daughter, Crystal, called him "a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species".

As part of his agreement with prosecutors to plead no contest - the legal equivalent of guilty - to the lesser offense of manslaughter, all other charges in the case were dropped. He then accelerated forward, hitting the man again but then running over Carter in the process.

Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and investigators stand near the scene where Terry Carter was killed in a hit-and-run crash involving Marion "Suge" Knight in 2015.

While Carter's relatives said they hoped Knight's lengthy sentence will bring them peace, many had no kind words for the Death Row Records co-founder, whom they criticised for showing a complete lack of remorse.

Knight avoided a murder trial that was about to begin when he agreed two weeks ago to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and accept the sentence.

He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. Shakur was in Knight's auto when he was killed in a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in 1996. Now, Suge's son has come forth with new claims that the rapper is indeed alive and is hiding out in Malaysia.

Another post appears to be a text conversation between Suge J. and a person who tells him "you said too much", and "time for you to go".

In a letter read by Carter's sister, Carter's widow wrote that the two, who had been married for 29 years, "expected to grow old with one another". The onetime college football star and "gangsta" rap pioneer eventually lost control of his label in bankruptcy proceedings.

Judge Ronald Coen said Knight had earned the equivalent of 4.2 years credit for time served in pretrial detention. He showed no emotion in court as Carter's relatives described their loved one as a devoted family man and peacemaker.