The star is warned it will be "serious situation" develop if he is arrested again...

JAY-Z was sentenced yesterday (December 6) to three years probation by a NEW YORK court for the stabbing of record producer LANCE ‘UN’ RIVERA.

The sentence had been agreed during an October 16 hearing when Jay-Z, appearing under his real name Shawn Carter, admitted stabbing Rivera in a nightclub brawl on December 2, 1999. The case against Jay-Z had fallen after he paid Rivera $600,000 in a civil settlement, and Rivera then stopped co-operating with the prosecution.

Despite the relatively light sentence, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer warned the rap superstar that “if you are arrested again, that would be a serious situation.” Jay-Z, in court with his lawyer Murray Richman, spoke only twice, answering ‘No’ when asked if he wanted to make a statement and ‘Yes’ when asked if he understood what would happen if he got into trouble again, the New York Post reports.

The sentence means that Jay-Z now needs permission from his probation officer to leave New York.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, had a criminal trial started and had Jay-Z been found guilty he would have been on a second degree felony charge and faced a 15-year prison sentence.