Weeks after pleading no contest in relation to a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another injured, former hip hop heavyweight Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen handed down the sentence during a hearing on Thursday, NBC News reports. Suge Knight, born Marion Hugh Knight Jr., was accused of killing Terry Carter and leaving Cle “Bone” Sloan injured three years ago during an argument in a restaurant parking lot, running over the men with his truck in an act that he previously claimed was self-defense.
The Death Row Records co-founder pleaded no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter on Sept. 20, effectively avoiding the life sentence he risked after being charged with one count each of hit-and-run, murder, and attempted murder, according to CNN. As part of the deal, a judge also dismissed two pending, unrelated cases against Knight — one involving “criminal threats,” and the other,a robbery, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said in a press release.
Carter’s loved ones read letters to the court during Thursday’s hearing, Fox News reports, with the slain man’s daughter, Crystal, referring to Knight as “a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species.”
“We’ve been here 93 times. Ninety-fout court dates we’ve had to endure,” she said, according to Fox News. “I’ve always wanted justice for my dad, but now we finally got it.”
Carter's widow, Lillian, reportedly said that she was “devastated” having to see Knight smile at his friends and family during past court hearings, NBC News reports.
“I will never witness Terry smiling at me again,” she said, according to the outlet. “All interactions with Terry ended on Jan. 29, 2015. All we have is memories.”
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