Death Row Records co-founder and president Marion “Suge” Knight on Friday was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating terms of his 1995 probation.
Knight has been jailed since November, when a judge revoked his probation stemming from an assault case. Defense attorney David Kenner said Knight would continue to run the label, a rap powerhouse, from jail.
“You blew it,” Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Czuleger told Knight. “You really had everything going for you. The problem is, you have engaged over the years in one thing that causes me grave concern … and that is the danger element.”
Knight pleaded no contest in 1995 to assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992. He received five years probation.
Czuleger ruled last year that Knight violated that order by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel on Sept. 7. Hours later, rap star Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car and subsequently died. —