In pleading no contest, equivalent to a guilty plea under California law, the 53-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records admitted using a "deadly and unsafe weapon" when he ran down two men with his pickup truck. Knight was arrested on murder charges after running over Terry Carter outside of a Compton restaurant in January of 2015, then fleeing the scene.
Knight killed Terry Carter, 55, a Compton, Calif., businessman, and injured a security consultant, Cle Sloan, when he ran over both at a local burger stand.
Knight, 53, is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in prison on October 4 for the 2015 hit-and-run death of Terry Carter.
As part of the agreement, Knight has also been absolved in two other cases from 2014.
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Knight entered his plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck.
During Thursday's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.
The confrontation was captured on surveillance video near the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The Death Row founder will be credited time served for the 3 1/2 years he spent in jail leading up to his sentencing. He is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in state prison on the charge. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.
Had Knight been found guilty of murder as originally charged, he would have faced life in prison, prosecutors said.