Suge Knight Strikes 28-Year Plea Deal in Murder Case

Oscar Cross
September 21, 2018

According to TMZ, Suge Knight has struck a plea deal in the murder case of Terry Carter this afternoon (September 20).

Knight, 53, had faced a murder charge and has been in jail since turning himself in shortly after the January 29, 2015, collision in which his red Ford Raptor pickup plowed into Terry Carter, 55, and 51-year-old Cle "Bone" Sloan, a technical adviser on the movie, who survived.

The gangsta rap mogul entered his no contest plea in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday.

Carter's widow, Lillian Carter, told the Los Angeles Times that Knight's sentence didn't bring her relief from a legal drama. Jury selection for his trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Sloan has denied he and Carter were carrying arms.

The plea agreement additionally resolves two other 2014 cases, in which he was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to F. Gary Gray, the director of Straight Outta Compton.


Had Knight been convicted of murder and attempted murder as originally charged, he would have faced a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Although Knight reportedly counted Carter as a friend, prosecutors contended the collision was deliberate.

Knight, 53, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

The following year, a federal racketeering probe of Knight and his record label, stemming from allegations of murder, drug trafficking, money laundering and gun running, was closed with the company pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.

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