The fiancée of rap mogul Suge Knight is headed to prison for a probation violation tied to Knight’s murder case.
On February 2, 2018, Toi-Lin Kelly, 37, was sentenced to three years in jail for violating the terms of her probation. The events that led to Kelly’s probation can be traced back to her fiancée, Suge Knight.
On January 29, 2015, Knight was arrested on murder charges relating to a hit-and-run incident following a dispute on the set of the film Straight Outta Compton. He has been in jail ever since, but that allegedly hasn’t stopped him from trying to run an empire from inside his jail cell.
Kelly was arrested and charged with violating a court order when she sold surveillance footage connected to Knight’s murder trial for $55,000 to TMZ. The judge presiding over the case had ordered that the video footage not be released.
Kelly pleaded no contest and the judge ordered her to pay $55,000 in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service, and serve five years on probation. The plea deal barred Kelly from communicating with Knight.
No Probation this Time for Suge Knight’s Fiancee
Kelly got in trouble for several offenses. She violated a court order by helping Suge Knight arrange interviews with the producers of a documentary about his record label, Death Row Records.
Secondly, she also indirectly communicated with Knight via a private detective.
Finally, she funneled money into the jail accounts of inmates so Knight could have access to their phone codes and make calls. Knight had been barred from making phone calls to anyone other than his lawyers.
Judge Douglas Sortino, who originally granted probation to Kelly, said her offenses were “pretty blatant, and frankly, jaw-dropping.”
Kelly’s defense attorney claimed that his client simply didn’t understand the various court orders limiting Knight’s contact, but Judge Sortino didn’t buy it.
When sentencing Kelly, Judge Sortino remarked: “I was born at night, but not last night, Mrs. Kelly.”