Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is expected to be sentenced today (Thurs) to nearly three decades in prison at a Los Angeles court hearing that comes nearly four years after he killed one man and injured another with his truck outside a Compton burger stand.
The 53-year-old Death Row Records co-founder struck a surprise plea deal with prosecutors on September 20, just a few days before he was to have stood trial for murder and attempted murder.
Knight instead pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and agreed to a prison sentence of 28 years.
The sentence represents the low point of a long decline for Knight, one of the most important figures in the history of hip-hop.
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.
Knight was at the center of the feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers that marked the middle of that decade. Shakur was in Knight’s car when he was killed in a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in 1996.
Knight had felony convictions for armed robbery and assault. He lost control of Death Row after it was forced into bankruptcy.