LAFAYETTE, LA (KPLC) - Mark Knight, the former chief executive of Knight Oil Tools, has been sentenced to one year in jail for framing his brother in a drug bust to gain control of the family oilfield company according to Lafayette news station KATC.
Last year Knight pleaded no contest to charges of corrupt influencing and public bribery. Today Knight was sentenced to four years in prison on the bribery charge but that was suspended and he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine as well as forfeit $87,000. Knight must also complete three years of probation.
For the corrupt influencing charge he was ordered to serve one year in the parish prison. His sentence begins next Friday at noon when Knight must report to the jail.
He faces up to five years with or without hard labor on the public bribery conviction, as well as a fine up to $1,000. On the corrupt influencing charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison, with or without hard labor, and a fine up to $10,000.
According to court documents, $87,000 is the total amount of money he paid to three other men, two of them law-enforcement officers, in the plot to frame his brother with drugs. According to court documents Knight has been convicted of paying others to plant tracking devices on his brothers vehicle along with narcotics.
He then conspired with law enforcement to have his brother caught with the drugs and arrested. Three others pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. Those include a former Knight Oil Tools employee, a former State Police trooper, and a former deputy with Lafayette Parish Metro Narcotics Task force.