LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Marion “Suge” Knight’s business partner pleaded no contest to selling sealed video evidence from the 2018 murder trial of the Death Row Records co-founder.
Mark Blankenship entered his plea Wednesday for a single count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
According to prosecutors, Blankenship and Knight’s girlfriend Toi-Lin Kelly arranged to sell the 2015 surveillance video of Knight hitting two men with his truck obtained from a Compton hamburger stand.
TMZ then purchased the video for $55,000 after the judge in Knight’s murder case barred the video’s public release.
Blankenship was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay $55,000 to the hamburger stand. Kelly pleaded no contest to conspiracy in 2017 and received a sentence of probation and community service.
Knight plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter last year. He is currently serving a 28-year sentence.
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