Rap Mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight Pleads to Manslaughter Days Before Murder Trial

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Days before his long-awaited trial was set to begin, former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to a voluntary manslaughter charge for running over a man with a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Compton hamburger stand. Jury selection in the murder trial had been set to start on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

53-year-old Knight is due to be formally sentenced in October, and in exchange for his plea, prosecutors are calling for a sentence of 28 years in prison, CNN reports.

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.

Over the past three years, Suge Knight has been in a holding pattern of sorts as alleged shenanigans and legal moves from his team staved off the impending murder trial from his hit and run case that began in January 2015.

Knight's lawyers previously contended he accidentally struck the two men with his vehicle while trying to flee what he thought was an ambush attempt.

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Under the plea deal, separate charges against Knight of robbery and making criminal threats will be dismissed. Knight originally faced life without the possibility of parole if convicted.

That scuffle in September 1996 took place hours before Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack while riding in a auto with Knight after a Mike Tyson boxing match.

Knight and N.W.A. member Andre "Dr. Dre" Young founded the wildly popular Death Row Records label together in 1991. 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. He was with Shakur the night he was gunned down in 1996.

Months later, rap artist Christopher Wallace, known as Notorious B.I.G. and signed to a rival record label, was shot to death in Los Angeles.

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