Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, almost four years ago. The trial is finally set to begin with jury selection to take place this coming Monday (Sept. 24).
The rap mogul will be sentenced on October 4 when he will be handed a 28-year prison term under the agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Knight had also been charged one count of hit-and-run.
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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. The SUV then speeds forward, driving over Sloan, then hitting and driving over another man, 55-year-old Terry Carter, who later died.
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". He was facing a potential life prison term if convicted as charged. Two separate criminal cases in which he was charged with robbery and making criminal threats will also be dismissed when he is formally sentenced on October 4, prosecutors said.
Knight had claimed he was trying to flee the scene in his truck, contending that Sloan - who was working security for the film set - was armed with a gun.
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His record label helped launch the careers of artists including Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
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. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992. Shakur was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas where he died on September 13, 1996, at age 25.
In August 2014, he was shot a half-dozen times at a Los Angeles-area nightclub.
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The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, said it was "a meritless case over which the court has no jurisdiction ". The U.S. had argued that the sanctions can not be challenged at the ICJ because it is a matter of national security.