Had Knight been convicted of murder and attempted murder as originally charged, he would have faced a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Terry Carter, 55, was killed and the other man was injured.
Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton", were involved in a fistfight that ended up with Knight hitting Mr Sloan with his pickup truck. An altercation occurred outside the Tam's Burgers Compton restaurant, and Knight ran over two men with his truck.
While Carter's relatives said they hoped Knight's lengthy sentence will bring them peace, many had no kind words for the Death Row Records co-founder, whom they criticised for showing a complete lack of remorse. Those charges would be dismissed by a judge at sentencing.
Following the resolution of a lawsuit between Tupac Shakur's estate and Entertainment One, the company that bought Death Row in 2013, The Fader reports new music from the artist could be on the way. At his pinnacle in the mid-1990s, he was putting out wildly popular records that are now considered classics from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. Knight claims that he had a life management deal with Dre, which entitled him to 30% of Dre's earnings - including the 2014 sale of Beats by Dre to Apple, estimated to be worth about $3 billion. He also shared a text thread with someone who allegedly told him, "you said too much".
In a letter read by Carter's sister, Carter's widow wrote that the two, who had been married for 29 years, "expected to grow old with one another".
The probation violation stemmed from a scuffle he was involved in at a Las Vegas hotel in September 1996, hours before Shakur was shot to death while riding in a auto being driven by Knight on the Las Vegas Strip.
Under the sentencing guidelines, Knight would receive the high-term of 11 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter count, which would double because he has a prior conviction under California's three strikes law. His face did not betray any emotion even when Carter's family members addressed the court with descriptions of Carter's kind and loving nature.