LOS ANGELES, CA
Former Death Row co-founder, Suge Knight, is looking at, what’s known in jails and prisons across the country, as “football numbers”, after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter stemming from an incident that left one man dead.
Big Suge is looking down the barrel of a 28-year prison sentence when he goes back in front of a judge on October 4, to officially be sentenced. NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, Suge Knight’s latest legal troubles stem from a 2015 incident at a promotional shoot for the Straight Outta Compton movie. Knight ran over 2 men with his truck outside of Tam’s Burgers. Terry Carter, 55 and Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51 were plowed down as Knight recklessly reversed out of the parking lot. Carter died from his injuries. Sloan survived. Knight had originally argued that his life was in danger at the time and he had no intentions of running anyone over. Knight said Carter was a friend of his. Prosecutors argued otherwise. They say Knight had a confrontation with people affiliated with the movie earlier that same day, and had come back looking for trouble. On Thursday, Knight decided not to fight the case, and pled guilty to the manslaughter charge. He also requested a new attorney. When he goes back for sentencing in October, Knight will be represented by his fifteenth (15) different lawyer since this trial started.
At 53-years old, a 28-year prison sentence is something I don’t see Suge coming home from. 28-years is a long time….unless there’s some parole involved. If this in fact, the end of the line for Suge Knight, it is a very strange ending to a story that involved the man who played a huge role in arguably the best era of music hip-hop has ever seen. Not really a surprising ending, considering all of the dirt Suge was alleged to have done in his lifetime, but……strange.
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
TMZ (@tmz) is reporting that rapper Mac Miller has passed away. The rapper was reportedly found dead in his home around noon on Friday. Mac’s death is reportedly contributed to an overdose. It’s not clear what drug was the cause of his death, but TMZ reported that Mac has had recent issues with addiction. There are no further details at this time.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
A jury, on Friday, awarded a $289 million judgement to a former school groundskeeper who said the weed killing product “Roundup” was the cause of his terminal cancer.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the plaintiff in the case, 46-year old, Dewayne Johnson is the first of more than 800 plaintiffs suing Roundup and its parent company, Monsato. Johnson’s case was first to go to trial because of his terminal diagnosis. In California, dying patients can be granted expedited trials. Johnson was awarded $250 million in punitive damages, and another $39 milli in compensatory damages.
Monsanto said they stand by research that says their product, Roundup, does not cause cancer.
“We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective and safe tool for farmers and others.” Monsanto Vice President, Scott Partridge said.
Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. Johnson said he used the weed killer around 20-30 times per year. Johnson says he had two accidents when he got soaked with the product. The first incident happened in 2012. Johnson currently has lesions that cover over 80% of his body. “On bad days he’s too crippled to even speak.” Said Johnson’s lawyer, Timothy Litzenburg. Litzenburg said that while the money won’t help Johnson live any longer, it will help put his mind at ease. Johnson’s wife currently works two full-time jobs to make ends meet because of Johnson’s condition.
He’s going to live the rest of that time in comfort.” Litzenburg said.
A 14-year old boy is in custody and suspected of shooting another teenager in the arm this morning at Highland High School in Palmdale, California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
CNN (@cnn) reports, the shooting happened at or near Highland High School in Palmdale at around 7am. Students were still arriving to school at the time of the incident. The teen suspected of the shooting, and the teen who was shot, are both students of the school. The student who was shot in the arm took himself to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, Sheriff’s Capt. Darren Harris said.
The suspect was apprehended near a Vons grocery store about a mile away from the school, according to fire officials. Authorities found a rifle believed to have been used in the shooting in the desert, a short distance away from the school. Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the shooting.