Suge Knight Moving Behind New Bars

Imprisoned Death Row Records chief getting prison transfer; could be free this summer.

Marion "Suge" Knight is moving to a new home later this month, but the decor will be similar.

The imprisoned Death Row Records chief will be transferred from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, to an undisclosed federal facility during the week of April 25, according to a Mule Creek spokesperson.

As long as he behaves himself there, he'll be a free man sometime this summer.

Knight has been incarcerated since late 1996 for violating state probation by assaulting a man in a Las Vegas hotel. A California judge put him on probation in 1992 when he was convicted for attacking two rappers at a recording studio.

The Las Vegas assault also violated Knight's probation in a federal case, in which he pleaded no contest in 1994 to trafficking firearms.

Death Row spokesperson Jonathan Wolfson said Knight will be freed 60 days after his move to the federal prison. But The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, reported last week that Knight will serve "between 70 and 100 days" for the federal violation.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said the government does not release information about prison transfers until after the move has taken place, for security reasons. Wolfson said he does not know where Knight is being transferred.

Death Row has suffered numerous blows in recent years, including the murder of Tupac Shakur, Knight's incarceration and the departures of co-founder Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. But Shakur's fourth posthumous album, Until the End of Time, put the label back in the game by debuting at #1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart last week.

Knight said during a phone interview from jail last month that he's eager to get back to business.

"The past is the past, and one thing about Death Row Records is it's youthful," he said. "The plan is to move forward and give opportunities and deals to those young artists out there. ... My plan is just to come out and do positive things but to have fun with it — really go back to the hard-working days of putting out great records and movies.

"Once I come home, it's definitely gonna be better than it was before, because I'm smarter, I'm wiser."