Suge Knight Arrives At Last Stop Before Freedom

Death Row Records chief to serve final months of federal sentence in Oregon.

After a month of jail hopping, Death Row Records chief Marion "Suge" Knight has arrived in Sheridan, Oregon, where he will serve his final days as a prisoner.

The record mogul had been shuffling between facilities since April 20, when he completed a state sentence for violating probation by assaulting a man in a Las Vegas hotel. State officials turned Knight over to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, because the Las Vegas assault also violated his probation in a 1994 federal gun case.

While waiting for the feds to determine his new home, Knight spent a month in Sacramento (California) County Jail and then spent last weekend in the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, also in California. He arrived at Oregon's Sheridan Federal Correction Facility on Tuesday, said Randsom Ali, Sheridan's public information officer.

The good news for Knight is that the month he spent in transit counts toward his federal time, Ali said. The facility has not assigned a release date for Knight, but Ali said he would be a "short-termer."

Death Row spokesperson Jonathan Wolfson said Knight owes 63 days, making his release date June 22. However, Knight's lawyer, Robert Shapiro, said through his secretary that he will serve about 100 days.

Knight has been locked up since late 1996 as a result of the Las Vegas assault, which occurred just hours before Death Row's star rapper, Tupac Shakur, was killed in a drive-by shooting. The assault violated Knight's state probation on a 1992 conviction for attacking two aspiring rappers at a recording studio, as well as his probation in a federal case in which he pleaded no contest in 1994 to trafficking firearms.

Knight will be on state parole after his release, but it was unclear what restrictions he will face.

Death Row Records was a dominant force in hip-hop for much of the '90s before suffering a series of blows, including Shakur's death, Knight's incarceration and the departures Snoop Dogg and label co-founder Dr. Dre.