American record producer and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is facing 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to the charge of voluntary manslaughter over the hit-and-run death of Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter in 2015.
The plea came just days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the long-delayed case that was to start on October 1.
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.
Video of the incident shows Suge's red truck pulling into Tam's Burgers in Compton - where Dr. Dre was filming footage connected with the NWA biopic, "Straight Outta Compton" - and he's nearly immediately confronted by Cle "Bone" Sloan ... who did security for the film.
As part of the agreement, the murder charges against Knight, 53, will be dismissed by prosecutors, along with separate criminal cases charging him with robbery and making criminal threats.
Knight had also been charged with one count of hit-and-run.
There was video of the incident that shows a truck driven by Knight.
The deadly confrontation occurred on January 29, 2015, outside a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, following a heated argument on the set of a commercial for the film "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.
During Thursday's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.
That scuffle in September 1996 took place hours before Shakur was shot to death in a drive-by attack while riding in a auto with Knight after a Mike Tyson boxing match.
In August 2014, he was shot a half-dozen times at a Los Angeles-area nightclub.
Knight, who was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run in January 2015, and his 16th appointed attorney, Albert DeBlanc, first contacted the Los Angeles County district attorney's office about a possible plea deal on Wednesday, according to Terry's widow Lillian Carter as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.