Suge Draws Ten Months

Rap mogul to return to prison

August 1, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight received a ten-month prison sentence yesterday after California's Board of Prison Terms found he violated his parole by allegedly assaulting a valet outside a Hollywood nightclub earlier this year.

Knight's troubles stretch back to 1992, when he received probation for assault and weapons charges. In 1996 he and some associates were videotaped beating a member of a rival gang, violating Knight's probation. He received a five-year prison sentence and was paroled in August 2001.

Upon his release, Knight, 37, relaunched his record label, now called Tha Row Records, and tried unsuccessfully to straighten up and fly right. He spent two months in jail earlier this year after he was arrested and accused of associating with a known gang member in late 2002, a violation of his parole.

The latest charge stems from a June 27th arrest. Knight was accused of punching Mehdi Lazrak outside of the White Lotus nightclub. Though Lazrak now claims that he was never struck by Knight, the arresting officer and another witness testified against him before the Board of Prison Terms. Knight could have received a one-year sentence, but because he has been incarcerated since the incident, he was credited for time served.

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