McNeal entered the plea Nov. 19, according to court records.
According to the proffer of facts, prosecutors say McNeal stabbed Hicks eight times during an argument in a parking lot outside a party the two had attended. He then fled the scene in a car with another person. Prosecutors say that person is Eric Jerome Payne, who has been indicted on first-degree murder charges for his involvement in the fight.
McNeal had been charged with second-degree murder, but pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. The plea agreement does not require McNeal to testify against Payne in his case.
McNeal’s attorney, Vida Johnson, declined to comment on the plea deal.
McNeal is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Robert Morin Jan. 25 at noon. Payne is expected in court for a status hearing on Dec. 12.
McNeal’s signed plea agreement and proffer of facts are below: