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Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison

NO CONTEST: Suge Knight entered a no contest plea, the equivalent to pleading guilty under Californian law

SUGE KNIGHT has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after striking a plea deal and pleading guilty to manslaughter.

The hip hop mogul’s plea means that a murder charge against him over the 2015 hit-and-run has been dropped, alongside a number of other charges relating to robbery and making criminal threats.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered a no contest plea, which is the equivalent to a guilty plea under Californian state law.

He was facing charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run in relation to an incident that took place in January 2015.

His legal team have argued that he was acting in self-defence and was escaping armed men when he ran his pick-up truck over businessman Terry Carter, who died, and hit Cle “Bone” Sloan, who survived.

But it is understood that Knight and Sloan were involved in a confrontation directly before Knight got into his vehicle and drove it towards the pair.

Knight was on bail in a robbery case at the time of the hit-and-run.

The plea was entered just days before the long-awaited trial was due to start at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Knight will be sentenced to 28 years in prison in October. He is set to serve 22 years for manslaughter. A further six years have been added to the sentence as this is Knight’s third strike.

Before he was taken from the courtroom, Knight quipped at the judge after a statement regarding possible deportation was read out.

He said: "Is ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) gonna come and get me?"

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