Suge Knight Sentenced To 28 Years For Killing A Man

Contributed by Anaya Ray

This past Thursday former Death Row Records rap mogul, Suge Knight, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2015 incident where he ran over former music label owner Terry Carter outside a Compton burger stand.

Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter a month prior preventing a trial for murder and attempted murder.

Moments of the 2015 incident captured on video shows Knight backing his truck into long time rival, Cle “Bone” Sloan, then driving forward and running over Carter. Knight exclaimed it was an act of self defense.

As reported by TIME Magazine, during the trial Knight displayed no expression as members of Carter’s family addressed the court. The members of his family described him as a “deeply devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.”

Along with the kind words from the family members, Crystal, Carter’s daughter, voiced her opinion about Knight and the 2015 incident stating he is “a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species.”

According to NBC News, a letter was also read during the hearing from Carter’s widow, Lillian, by his sister. In the letter the widow voiced how devastated she is and how Carter was much more than just a man the defendant ran over with his truck.

“He was so much more than the guy who the defendant killed with his truck. He as my husband, my best friend, my provider.”

“I will never witness Terry smiling at me again.” “All interactions with Terry ended on Jan. 29, 2015. All we have is memories.”

Even though voluntary manslaughter receives a sentencing of 11 years, Knight’s past convictions and felonies added to the three strikes law in California. The three strikes law doubles the sentencing and adds another 6 years to it.

While Knight has been sentenced to 28 years he could be eligible for parole after 20 years for good behavior.

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