A judge in Los Angeles Thursday sentenced former rap mogul Marion ‘‘Suge’’ Knight to 28 years in prison for running down and killing a man whose loved ones in court described him as a deeply devoted family man and peacemaker in his community.
The courtroom was filled by nearly two dozen relatives of 55-year-old Terry Carter, including a 96-year-old aunt who like many of them cried and consoled one another. ‘‘He was so much more than the person the defendant killed with his truck,’’ said Carter’s sister Jessica Carter, one of eight family members who spoke in court.
Knight pleaded no contest two weeks ago to voluntary manslaughter on the eve of a trial on murder and attempted murder charges that could have resulted in a life sentence if convicted. He wore a large cross and orange jail attire during Thursday’s sentencing, which drew to a close a nearly four-year court saga over the fatal 2015 confrontation.
In January 2015, Knight had been fighting with a longtime rival, Cle ‘‘Bone’’ Sloan, through the window of his pickup truck outside a burger stand near where promotional filming was being done for the N.W.A. biopic ‘‘Straight Outta Compton.’’
Sloan had worked as an adviser on the film, which portrayed Knight in his early days as the cofounder of Death Row Records.
Knight backed into Sloan with his truck and wounded him before running over Carter, who later died from his injuries.