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Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight pleads ‘no contest’ to manslaughter

Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight cops no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter, running over, killing Compton man in 2015. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4, 2018, when he is expected to be sentenced to 28 years

Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight cops no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter, running over, killing Compton man in 2015. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4, 2018, when he is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight cops no contest plea to manslaughter running over, killing Compton man in 2015; 28-year prison term expected     

COMPTON   Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight has reaped the whirlwind for running over and killing a Compton man in January 2015 on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton that was being filmed near a fast food restaurant. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4. Knight is expected to get 28 years.

Knight, 53, the former Death Row Records CEO, was arrested on Jan. 29, 2015 and charged with murder after he used his vehicle to run over two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue.

Knight bowled over and killed 55-year-old Compton businessman Terry Carter and also struck and seriously injured a second man — reputed gang member Cle “Bone” Sloan.

The fatal confrontation, which was captured on dramatic surveillance video, revealed that Knight got into a confrontation with the two men inside the restaurant, and ended up striking both men in his Ford F-150 Raptor truck in the lot and then backing over them.

Knight had been facing the possibility of life in prison but entered a plea of no contest to the charge of voluntary manslaughter just days before jury selection in his long-awaited murder trial was set to begin on Sept. 23, 2018.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen took the plea after Knight answered a series of questions. In a video from the courtroom, Coen can be heard explaining to Knight that a “no contest” plea is essentially the same as a “guilty” plea — which Suge acknowledged that he understood.

Knight had been awaiting trial for two-and-a-half years. He will be credited for that time already spent in jail.

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