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Former Death Row Exec Suge Knight Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

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Suge Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in state prison on Thursday. In a Los Angeles courthouse on Sept. 20, the rapper, 53, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the January 2015 hit-and-run incident during which a vehicle he was riding in struck two pedestrians, including witness Cle “Bone” Sloan, in Compton, California, killing 55-year-old Terry Carter.

The plea deal calls for the former Death Row Records exec to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, five years because it is a third strike violation and one year for deadly weapon allegations, PEOPLE confirms.

By entering his plea, Knight resolves two other pending criminal cases: Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014 and he was charged for allegedly stealing a camera from a woman in September 2014.

Knight, who was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run in January 2015, and his 16th appointed attorney, Albert DeBlanc, first contacted the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office about a possible plea deal on Wednesday, according to Terry’s widow Lillian Carter as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The plea came just days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the long-delayed case that was to start on Oct. 1. Knight originally faced life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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