Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was due in court on Thursday to formally receive a 28-year prison sentence for his manslaughter conviction in the fatal 2015 hit-and-run killing of a man he ran down with his pickup truck.
The hearing on Thursday for the 53-year-old Death Row Records co-founder comes nearly four years after Knight killed one man and injured another with his truck outside a Compton burger stand.
Knight avoided a murder trial that was about to begin when he agreed two weeks ago to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and accept the sentence.
Suge Knight at his sentencing hearing in L.A. County Superior Court.
The prison sentence represents the low point of a long decline for Knight, one of the most important figures in the history of hip-hop.
Knight struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading no contest to running over and killing 55-year-old businessman Terry Carter and capping a dramatic, protracted legal saga.
The rap mogul, whose label once listed Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its stars, was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of the altercation outside a burger stand in Compton in January 2015.
"He murdered my dad in cold blood and is a menace to society", Crystal Carter said in court, according to The New York Daily News.
In February 1997, he was jailed for violating terms of the probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's vehicle just east of the Las Vegas Strip.
Suge Knight, who was the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records and a close friend of the deceased rapper, was seated next to Tupac during the shooting. Knight's attorneys have said it was an act of self-defense.
Knight also posted two photos which appear to show Shakur.
Voluntary manslaughter would normally bring a sentence of 11 years in prison, but Knight's conviction along with his previous felonies triggers California's three strikes law.