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.
Four days before the scheduled start of his trial last month, the Death Row Records co-founder 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.
Knight struck a surprise plea deal with prosecutors on September 20, just a few days before he was to have stood trial for murder and attempted murder.
In most cases, voluntary manslaughter charges result in 11-year sentences.
The courtroom was filled by almost two dozen relatives of 55-year-old Terry Carter, including a 96-year-old aunt who like many of them cried and consoled one another.
"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.
He helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
Tupac was shot and killed at the peak of his popularity in Las Vegas, Nevada during a drive-by shooting in 1996.
The incident that led to Carter's death occurred in 2015 during a confrontation between Suge and longtime rival, Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on "Straight Outta Compton".
Knight had claimed he was trying to flee the scene in his truck, contending that Sloan - who was working security for the film set - was armed with a gun. The Death Row founder will be credited time served for the 3 1/2 years he spent in jail leading up to his sentencing.
That doubled the manslaughter sentence and adds an extra six years.
By entering his plea, Knight also will resolve two other pending criminal cases. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.