Suge Knight has argued that because his civil rights were allegedly violated, he should be granted an early release from jail.
In an interview with AllHipHop, the former head of Death Row Records said that a judge had prevented him from representing himself in his 2018 voluntary manslaughter case.
Suge said he was effectively compelled to accept an inferior plea agreement for the fatal 2015 hit-and-run that wounded actor/director Cle Sloan and murdered Terry Carter because he had three strikes mistakenly recorded against him.
Knight received a final prison term of 28 years.
“So an unfixable error, the only thing you got to do is you got to make a deal and let me go home or show I was right or you let me take my plea back and start all over,” he said. “But it’d be harder to start all over because you did all this with my case.
“This [is] my bed. If they allowed me to go to trial, I would have won my case. I would have beat my case. But they didn’t. Okay, I understand that, right? My crime carries two, six, 11 [years], if I was guilty.
“They gave me — naturally, they going to give me the high term, right? So my past, who I am, definitely is going to make sure I get some time. And I’m fine with that. But you don’t have the right to double me up.”
“You don’t have the right to give me time and a half. You don’t have the right to not let me have a lawyer. So, I wasn’t pushing the envelope as hard at first because I know I got to do some time. But I’ve been gone for nine years, so I did my time already.”
The former record executive is presently imprisoned in San Diego, California at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center. He just informed TMZ over the phone that he will not be giving a witness statement in the 2Pac murder trial against Duane “Keefe D” Davis.
“Well, surprise, number one,” In response to Keefe D’s recent arrest, Suge commented. “Because I don’t think Keefe D would ever get arrested, nor do I want to see him get arrested.
“Let’s get one thing straight, first and foremost: me and Keefe D played on the same Pop Warner football team. And whatever circumstances — if he had an involvement with anything, if he didn’t have an involvement with anything, I wouldn’t wish somebody going to prison on my worst enemy.”
In addition, Knight asserted that, in contrast to common opinion, Keefe D’s nephew Orlando Anderson was not the shooter.
“There were only two people in the car; ‘Pac’s not gonna tell the story, I ain’t gonna tell the story,” said Suge, who was sat next to 2Pac and also wounded during the fatal 1996 drive-by shooting.
“But I can tell you this: I never had nothing bad to say about Orlando because […] he wasn’t the shooter [..] It wasn’t Anderson, so that’s all I got to say about that part.”