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Pop / Rock 20/06/2001

Rap mogul to be released from prison

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marion Suge Knight, the rap mogul who co-founded Death Row Records, is scheduled for release on Aug. 9 from a federal prison in Oregon where he is completing a sentence for violating probation. Knight was paroled on April 20 from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif., after serving half of a nine-year term for violating probation on assault charges. He then was transferred to a federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., to finish the remaining months of a federal probation violation sentence that had been running concurrently with the state sentence, said Randsom Ali, executive assistant to the warden at the Oregon facility. Knight will be on supervised release after he leaves prison in August, Ali said. Knight was on probation for state and federal charges the night of Sept. 7, 1996, when he was involved in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel. Hours after the fight, rap star Tupac Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car. The following February, Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating the terms of his probation by taking part in the fight.

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