Suge Knight Formally Sentenced For Voluntary Manslaughter

Carla Harmon
October 6, 2018

The 53-year-old former producer and co-founder of gangsta rap label Death Row Records last month pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for businessman Terry Carter's death in Compton, California.

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.

Suge J. Knight made the latest allegation on Instagram. Sloan survived, but a second victim named Terry Carter was fatally hit.


Carter's other daughter, Nekaya, addressed Knight in court saying, "My dad can finally rest in peace while you live out the rest of your life in prison". Knight was upset about his portrayal in an N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which Sloan was serving as a consultant on.

The vehicle is then seen zooming forward, back into camera range, running over Sloan a second time, and then running over a second man, Carter, a former rap music label owner.

"It's been three years and it's not any easier... This is a nightmare", the statement said.


Outside court, Carter's widow said, "I really don't want him (Knight) to ever leave jail".

Knight, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands and legs handcuffed sat stoically during the reading. He briefly looked at Carter's family as he was led out in handcuffs following the sentencing. He pleaded no contest September 20 - days before his long-awaited trial was set to begin in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom - in connection with the January 29, 2015, killing of Terry Carter, 55, following an argument on the set of the movie "Straight Outta Compton". In return, two criminal cases were to be dropped against him.

Delays, detours and drama marked the run-up to Knight's trial, which was under tight security and secrecy. He said no way he can do my trial because he really didn't know the case and he won't win.


The incident in Compton came some six years after Death Row Records went into bankruptcy, which saw Knight lose control of the once prestigious company. At his pinnacle in the mid-1990s, he was putting out wildly popular records that are now considered classics from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. He was with Shakur the night he was gunned down in 1996. The hip-hop mogul has received a 28-year sentence for his fatal 2015 hit-and-run.

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