Marion "Suge" Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, is headed to prison for a long, long time after striking a plea deal in his murder case. On Sept. 20, Suge was given a 28-year prison sentence. A long list of tribulations has surrounded the hip-hop mogul since the late 1990s. Click through as Wonderwall.com takes a look at his difficulties …
1996: Suge spent around five years in prison for brutally beating a rival with Tupac Shakur at a Las Vegas, Nev., hotel shortly before the rapper was fatally shot in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996.
1997: When The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 9, 1997, speculation arose that Suge was involved and that the death of the East Coast rapper, who was the rival of Tupac Shakur, was a revenge killing. But a theory by Russell Poole, an ex-detective of the LAPD, accused Suge of being involved in the murders of both B.I.G. and Tupac.
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2002: Suge went to jail for violating his probation by associating with gang members in Los Angeles.
2003: After assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a nightclub in Hollywood, Suge returned to jail.
2005: Suge was shot in the leg during an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party in Miami.
2006: Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy and a Los Angeles judge ordered a trustee to take over the label because of gross mismanagement.
2009: Following a fight in Scottsdale, Ariz., Suge was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.
2014: Suge was shot six times — five times in the stomach and once in the arm — during an altercation at a West Hollywood club. The shooting occurred on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards at a party hosted by Chris Brown.
2014: Suge was charged with robbery involving a camera theft in Beverly Hills, Calif. He pleaded not guilty and was subject to face up to 30 years in prison if convicted because of his criminal history.
2015: Suge was arrested on suspicion of murder in a hit-and-run in Compton, Calif., that killed a man and injured another. He was accused of running over two men and killing one of them after an argument.
2015: Suge was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run.
2015: Suge, wearing a Los Angeles County orange inmate jumpsuit, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the hit-and-run that killed Terry Carter. While in court, Suge complained about chest pains and was taken to the hospital. He faces life in prison if convicted of the fatal hit-and-run. This would be his third strike case because of prior convictions.
2015: Suge collapsed in a Los Angeles courtroom on March 20, after the judge ordered him held on $25 million bail in the murder case. Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies rushed to assist him as he suddenly fainted. Suge, who hit his head on a chair when he fell, left court in an ambulance.
2015: Suge's murder case will go to trial, as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen ruled the mogul will stand trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run in the death of Terry Carter and the injuring of Cle "Bone" Sloan. His bail was reduced from $25 million to $10 million and his arraignment is scheduled for April 30. On April 16, Cle testified, saying he was only on the stand because he was subpoenaed. "I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison," he said, adding that every day tries to forget the incident. "I just know, I screwed up, and Terry's dead." This prompted the judge to say: "I find that this witness is being deceptive."
2018: Suge Knight strikes a plea deal in his murder trial. He is given a 28-year prison sentence.