Suge Knight Reaches Deal, Pleads No Contest to Voluntary Manslaughter

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, almost four years ago.

He will be formally sentenced to 28 years in prison in October. Two other criminal cases against him will reportedly be dismissed at sentencing.

Knight, who had been charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run and was facing a life sentence if convicted, struck a deal with prosecutors just days before jury selection was due to begin for his 1 October trial.

Knight had also been charged with one count of hit-and-run.

Along with the voluntary manslaughter charge, Knight admitted an allegation that he used a deadly weapon - a truck - when he ran down 55-year-old Terry Carter in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue on January 29, 2015.

Video of the incident shows Suge's red truck pulling into Tam's Burgers in Compton - where Dr. Dre was filming footage connected with the NWA biopic, "Straight Outta Compton" - and he's nearly immediately confronted by Cle "Bone" Sloan ... who did security for the film.

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The deadly confrontation occurred on January 29, 2015, outside a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, following a heated argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton".

Auge guns it in reverse and clips Sloan, knocking him to the ground, then floors it forward ... running over Sloan again and mowing down Carter, killing him.

Knight's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan.

He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

That scuffle in September 1996 took place hours before Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack while riding in a vehicle with Knight after a Mike Tyson boxing match. He was with Shakur the night he was gunned down in 1996. 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.

Months later, rap artist Christopher Wallace, known as Notorious B.I.G. and signed to a rival record label, was shot to death in Los Angeles.

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