Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles court on Thursday to a charge of manslaughter for a 2015 hit-and-run killing, accepting a 28-year prison sentence under a deal with prosecutors days before his murder trial was to begin. His trial was scheduled to begin this coming Monday.
Knight is facing a 28-year state prison term when he is sentenced in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom October 4 by Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen.
The charge relates to an incident in 2015 in which Knight was accused of intentionally running over two men with his pick-up truck before fleeing the scene. The SUV then speeds forward, driving over Sloan, then hitting and driving over another man, 55-year-old Terry Carter, who later died.
Charges against Knight are expected to be dismissed in a pair of other pending cases: an alleged robbery; and alleged criminal threats against F. Gary Gray, the director of "Straight Outta Compton", in August 2014.
Knight had been facing life in prison over the hit-and-run incident, which took place after a confrontation on the set of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
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".
Knight, a Compton native and former football player, co-founded Death Row Records, which in its heyday in the early 1990s was generating revenues of about $100 million per year.
As well as Tupac, Suge's label also once featured rap greats such as Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Suge previously faced five years probation in 1995 after he attacked two rappers at a recording studio in 1992, and in 1997 he was sentenced to jail time after violating the terms of the probation when he was involved in a fight in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1996.