Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

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It wasn't until September 2017 when a Los Angeles Police Department source involved in the investigation revealed the real motif behind the attack, which was prompted by a gang-related retaliation against Suge Knight Sr., the legendary rapper's label chief, according to People.

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday sentenced former hip-hop mogul Suge Knight to 28 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to manslaughter stemming from a 2015 hit-and-run.

Knight has been in prison since 2015 after fatally running over Terry Carter on the set of Straight Outta Compton.

Before Thursday's hearing, Knight had already agreed to his lengthy prison term by pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter and avoiding a trial on murder and attempted murder charges that could have resulted in a life sentence if he was convicted.

Carter's family members, appearing in court for Knight's sentencing, expressed the pain, anger and heartbreak caused them by the fatal encounter outside a burger joint.

Between the restrictions of the three-strikes law and the time Knight has already served, he'll likely spend roughly 20 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

"You're unrepentant", Ms Carter said. The Death Row Records co-founder claimed he had a lifetime deal with Dre to collect 30 percent of his earnings, including a stake in the producer's $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats.

The judge added an extra five years because Carter's death was deemed "a serious and violent felony" and another year because the auto used to run over Carter was categorized as a deadly weapon.

At his pinnacle in the mid-1990s, Knight was putting out rap records that are now considered classics from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

The agreement also cleared Knight in two other cases, both from 2014. He also would receive an additional five years because the conviction was for a serious and violent felony and a year for the deadly weapon allegation.

Knight was driving the vehicle in which rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.