Rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight appears in court on a traffic warrant Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Las Vegas following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case. Thursday’s court appearance for the 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records stems from a suspended license charge in Las Vegas. Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera on Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rap music figure Marion “Suge” Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned Knight in a glass-walled court basement holding facility, and gave the founder of Death Row Records 90 days to pay a $190 fine on what had been a June 2013 suspended license charge.
Knight’s attorney, Richard Schonfeld, said later he plans to ask another Las Vegas judge at an extradition hearing Monday to allow Knight to post bail and make his way to the Los Angeles area on his own to answer the robbery complaint in Beverly Hills.
Knight, 49, was arrested Wednesday a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, and comedian Katt Williams was arrested at a Los Angeles-area courthouse, in a felony robbery case stemming from a celebrity photographer’s complaint that Knight and Williams stole her camera Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills.
Comedian Katt Williams
Knight, who has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, could face up to 30 years in prison if he’s convicted of a new felony. Williams could face up to seven years in prison.
Williams, 43, has starred in several comedy specials and appeared in films such as “First Sunday” and “Friday After Next.”
Knight was shot and wounded in a West Hollywood, California, nightclub about a week and a half before the incident with the photographer.
Schonfeld and attorney David Chesnoff represented Knight in several previous cases in Las Vegas.
Knight, who grew up in Southern California, once played football at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He founded Death Row Records in the 1990s, but later declared bankruptcy and the company was auctioned off.