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

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

A judge on Thursday sentenced former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2015 death of a man he ran over outside a Compton burger stand almost four years ago.

Knight, 53, had previously plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter charges on September 20 in Los Angeles County Superior Court as part of a deal which saw prosecutors drop murder charges against him.

Knight, the co-founder of Death Row records, cycled through more than a dozen attorneys on the road to his sentencing hearing.

Knight backed into Sloan with his truck and wounded him before running over Carter, who later died from his injuries.

Knight entered his plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck.

The incident that led to Carter's death occurred in 2015 during a confrontation between Suge and longtime rival, Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on "Straight Outta Compton".

Knight was convicted of armed robbery and assault with a gun during his time with the label, which is widely seen as having contributed to its decline. He was 25 years old.

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

"He murdered my dad in cold blood and is a menace to society", Crystal Carter said in court, according to The New York Daily News. He briefly looked at Carter's family as he was led out in handcuffs following the sentencing.

By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases. He lost control of Death Row after it was forced into bankruptcy.

The rap mogul, whose label once listed Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its stars, was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of the altercation outside a burger stand in Compton in January 2015. He was with Shakur the night he was gunned down in 1996.