‘Suge’ Knight could face 30 years to life on new criminal charge
Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight’s latest criminal charge could get him 30 years to life in prison if he’s convicted in a case involving the theft of a woman’s camera in Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.
Knight, 49, and comedian Micah “Katt” Williams, 43, were each arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of robbery in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.
Beverly Hills police Sgt. Max Subin said the incident began when Knight and Williams walked out of a studio and came across a photographer.
The two are accused of chasing the woman down an alley, where Williams “forcibly” grabbed the woman’s camera, Subin said. She sustained minor injuries in the incident, he said.
Knight and Williams were gone by the time police arrived, Subin said.
Detectives spent weeks building their case, which remains ongoing, in order to obtain the arrest warrants, authorities said.
Because of an earlier conviction on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said Knight potentially faces up to 30 years to life in state prison in the robbery case. Williams faces up to seven years’ imprisonment, they said.
In 1997, Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating his probation from an earlier assault case. He was released from prison in 2001 but was sent back to jail two years later for violating parole when he hit a parking lot attendant, officials said.
In 2008, the controversial Death Row Records co-founder was arrested in Las Vegas for drug possession and aggravated assault, but pleaded guilty to a lesser battery charge the following year.
Williams also has been arrested multiple times in recent years. On Wednesday, he was arrested in court, where he was due to be arraigned in connection with a July 15 incident in Inglewood in which authorities say the comedian pepper-sprayed a man and tried to hit him with his car.
His arraignment was postponed.
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