After countless court hearings and testimonies, Suge Knight has struck a plea deal in his murder case surrounding the 2015 death of Terry Carter. The Death Row mogul has reportedly copped a plea deal of no contest to voluntary manslaughter in an L.A. County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 20). Knight has agreed to serve 28 years in prison as part of his plea deal, TMZ reports.
As previously noted, the charges stem from a 2015 incident in which Knight struck and killed Carter with his truck during the production of the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Knight hit Carter after a heated altercation with Cle “Bone” Sloan, whom was also present on the scene.
Knight’s legal team attempted to argue that their client was acting in self-defense, alleging that Sloan was armed, but it didn’t seem to hold up in court.
Suge’s case has been eventful and quite bizarre from the beginning. Two of his attorneys were indicted for alleged witness tampering, and his fiancee pled guilty to violating a court order by selling videos of Knight hitting Carter in his truck in 2017. The mogul was also accused of making death threats to Straight Outta Compton director, F. Gary Gray while he was awaiting trial.
The plea deal mandates Knight serve 28 years in prison, but he will reportedly get credit for time served. He’s been in jail awaiting trial for three and a half years. He will also have to stay on parole for three years after serving his prison sentence.