Rap mogul Suge Knight pleads no contest over 2015 hit-and-run death

Rap mogul Suge Knight pleads no contest over 2015 hit-and-run death

The former US rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight had pleaded no contest over a voluntary manslaughter charger pertaining to a hit-and-run in 2015.

It is reported that Knight will be formally sentenced to 28 years in prison next month.

The incident occurred in 2015 following an argument about the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton - Knight's label, Death Row Records, helped to launch the careers of some of the biggest and best-known hip-hop acts of all time, including Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac.

The no contest plea will see prosecutors drop murder and attempted murder charges, in addition to separate criminal charges of attempted robbery and the making of criminal threats.

Knight admitted to using a "dangerous and deadly weapon" in the deal - the former rap mogul mowed down two men using a pick-up truck - and will serve 22 years for voluntary manslaughter with an additional six years due to a "three strikes" law pertaining to "repeated violations" - as per the BBC.

Suge Knight founded Death Row Records with fellow producer and rap icon Dr Dre, but was later forced to sell the business for $24 millon having declared bankruptcy.

Knight has a long and well-documented history of criminality, writes the Guardian;

"He has previous felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years’ probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating the terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car just east of the Las Vegas Strip."

In the current case of hit-and-run, Knight was accused of deliberately running over two men in his pick-up truck. One man died as a result of injuries sustained, while the second suffered "serious injuries". The incident is said to have occurred following a dispute on the set of a Straight Outta Compton commercial.

Knight's lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defence, fleeing armed attackers at the time of the incident, though the surviving individual of the confrontation, Cle "Bone" Sloan has denied the claim that he was carrying a gun at the time.