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Suge Knight's fiancee jailed for 3 years for probation violation tied to rap mogul's murder case

James Queally, Los Angeles Times on

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Sortino also ruled that text messages between Kelly and Tony Moore, a private investigator who has been aiding Knight's defense, were meant to relay information between Kelly and Knight. She was barred from speaking to Knight as part of the plea agreement reached last year.

Moore, who was seated in the back of the courtroom, was evicted from the hearing for using his cellphone in court.

Kelly's attorney, James Drake, argued that the prosecution was trying to punish Kelly for Knight's alleged crimes. He said she did not understand the various court orders limiting Knight's contact.

But Sortino scoffed at that notion.

"I was born at night, but not last night, Mrs. Kelly," he said.

Knight has been jailed since January 2015, after he rammed his Ford F-150 Raptor into two men in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in Compton following a dispute on the set of the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton." Terry Carter, 55, was killed. Cle "Bone" Sloan, 52, survived.

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Knight and his attorneys have argued he was acting in self-defense because the victims had attacked him and were carrying guns, but prosecutors say there is no evidence to support that claim.

His trial is scheduled for April.

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