CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Charlottesville man is facing decades in prison after pleading guilty to a 2023 murder.

Raymaqua Antonio Nicholas, 21, pleaded guilty in Charlottesville Circuit Court Monday to two charges in connection with the Feb. 22, 2023, shooting death of Nicklous Pendleton of Gordonsville.

Nicholas pleaded to second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Prosecutors say Nicholas shot Pendleton while Pendleton was in his car with his brother on the 800 block of Hardy Drive following some kind of dispute.

Pendleton drove away and later crashed on Page Street, which is where he was found by police officers.

Pendleton later died at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Nicholas faces up to 43 years in prison when he is sentenced in June.

Pendleton was a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College, which has since set up a scholarship in his name.

Members of Pendleton’s family as well as his friends were in court on Monday, along with Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis.