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Suge Knight May Face Year In Prison

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if state officials revoke his parole after his recent arrest for allegedly assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a Hollywood night

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face up to a year in prison if state officials revoke his parole after his recent arrest for allegedly assaulting a parking lot attendant outside a Hollywood nightclub.

Knight, 37, was apparently unhappy with his parking spot at the White Lotus Club, a club frequented by celebrities. A Department of Corrections spokesperson said the victim had parked Knight's car but it was blocked in by other vehicles. Police said Knight then allegedly punched the attendant in the face from behind.

Attorney Robin Yanes, who represents Knight, disputed the account, saying his 315-pound client was doing everything he could to avoid prison. "That's totally ridiculous," Yanes said. "I don't believe that at all. That's so un-Suge-like to hit somebody. Have you ever seen the size of Suge? If he hit one of those little valets, the guy would be broken."

The district attorney's office has not received any request to file criminal charges against Knight. Parole officials said they will ask the California Board of Prison Terms to determine if Knight violated the conditions of his parole.

The state agency would have 30 days to make the decision if Knight's parole should be revoked, which could lead to as much as a year in prison, parole officials said.

Knight, who founded Death Row Records, completed 61 days in jail after an arrest earlier this year. A state prison board found that he had associated with a known gang member in violation of his probation.

He was convicted in 1992 of assault and weapons violations and was placed on probation. In 1996, he was jailed for five years for violating probation after he and several associates, including rap star Tupac Shakur, were recorded on videotape beating a gang rival in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel. Shakur was later fatally shot in Las Vegas.


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