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Former hip-hop mogul Suge Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison Thursday for manslaughter after he pleaded no contest to a 2015 hit-and-run.

Knight, co-founder of the label Death Row Records, entered the no contest plea - the equivalent under California law of a guilty plea - before he was due to face trial for murder.

Surveillance footage shows Knight about to leave the restaurant parking lot while driving a red pickup truck.

He then ran over another man, businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Suge Knight will have formal sentencing on October 4.

During Thursday's hearing, Knight, wearing orange jail attire with his arms and legs in chains, answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.


Knight, who was out on bail in a robbery case at the time, fled the scene but was later arrested.

"Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of the rap group N.W.A. Jury selection for his trial, which could have led to a life sentence, had been scheduled to begin Monday. As presented, Knight will serve a total of twenty-eight years in prison.

By accepting the 28 years, other pending charges against Knight will be dismissed.

Knight was the one driving the auto the night that Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

The following year, a federal racketeering probe of Knight and his record label, stemming from allegations of murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and gun running, was closed with the company pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.


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