Knight faces sentencing next month.
Former music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest in front of a California judge today. Knight faces charges of Manslaughter that could carry up to twenty-eight years in prison if convicted. The now infamous incident occurred following a confrontation on the set of the rap biopic Straight Outta Compton in 2015. Knight, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 4th.
Knight stands accused of running over two men, killing one of them in the process. Video of the incident shows a man matching Knight’s description suddenly reversing his vehicle before plowing over two individuals in a restaurant parking lot. While the defense has previously argued that Knight was “defending himself” from one of the individuals who had a gun, his outlook is seemingly bleak.
The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter in California is 11 years, but due to Knight’s previous conviction record, this sentence is slated to double if convicted. Additionally, Knight will face another five years due to its nature of a violent felony violating his parole and one additional year for a deadly weapon allegation regarding the vehicle he used.