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.