It’s a small blessing Suge Knight looks good in orange (that’s the first and last compliment I’ll ever give to him), because he could possibly spend the next 28 years head-to-toe in the color. According to TMZ and CNN, Suge Knight’s 2015 hit-and-run murder case is finally over and it ended with him pleading “no contest” to manslaughter.
Back in January of 2015, Suge Knight swung by the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, and got into a fight and then drove his vehicle over his friend Terry Carter. Suge fled the scene. Terry died, and Suge later turned himself into police, where he was charged with murder, attempted premeditated murder, hit and run resulting in death, and hit and run resulting in injury. Suge was facing a possibility of life in prison.
Suge appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday to enter a plea. Suge claimed he never meant to kill anyone, and that he was just trying to get away from the scene as fast as possible, because he thought someone was going to shoot him (the irony). As part of the plea deal, 53-year-old Suge could now face 28 years in prison, as opposed to life in prison. He’s already spent three-and-a-half years awaiting trial, which would be deducted from his 28-year sentence. He’d also be on parole for 3 years after serving his time.
TMZ says this is a stiffer sentence than what might usually be given, as the judge deemed the murder “serious and violent,” his truck being considered a deadly weapon, and because Suge had a prior felony conviction. In 1997, Suge was given nine years in prison for violating probation by participating in an attack on a gang member. He was released in 2001.
CNN says that Suge will appear in court on October 4th for sentencing, and prosecutors are really pushing for the 28-year prison stay. While in court yesterday, the judge made a comment about the possibility of deportation following conviction, to which Suge reportedly responded: “So, ICE can come and get me.”
Considering Suge was staring down the possibility of life in prison, I’m confident a judge will approve that 28-year (minus three-and-a-half years) prison sentence. That means Suge will be eligible to get out when he’s 78. That also means there will be a whole generation of kids who will only know of Suge Knight as some kind of bulletproof boogeyman. “Grandpa, is it true that if you say Suge Knight three times in a club bathroom mirror, Suge Knight will appear?”