Matthew Fletcher, Suge Knight’s former lawyer, pled guilty to conspiracy and perjury charges on Wednesday. The former lawyer will be prohibited from practicing law for the rest of his life. When Fletcher was charged with murder in 2016, prosecutors accused him of scheming to bribe witnesses so that they would testify against Knight.
Prosecutors accused Fletcher of conspiring to suborn perjury, obstruct justice, and pay witnesses after getting a warrant to listen in on jailhouse phone calls between him and Knight in 2015. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was also accused as an accessory after the fact in the rap mogul’s case, as well as an unrelated charge of bribery in connection with testimony he made at a disciplinary hearing before the State Bar of California in 2016.
According to Alexandra Kazarian, Fletcher’s co-counsel, a plea deal was in the works before the jury could reach a decision. Fletcher agreed to plead no contest to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of perjury as part of the bargain.
He will also serve a five-year probationary period and resign from the state bar for good. Fletcher will have 90 days to resign or face the possibility of jail time. If Fletcher had been convicted as charged, he might have faced up to four years in prison.
After murdering Terry Carter with his Ford F-150 in Compton, Knight pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2018. The incident, according to Knight’s legal team, was self-defense against armed individuals. Suge’s lawyers, Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, planned to pay witnesses who claimed to have seen a group of men with rifles approaching Knight. Fletcher has not responded to the most recent developments in his case.
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