OCEANSIDE — A trio accused of planning the murder of an Oceanside drug dealer pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Dec. 12 in a Vista Superior Court.
Maurice Green, Archie Green and Sara Saint Croix all pleaded guilty to a single felony count of attempted robbery; however, the crew’s mastermind, Maurice Green, will receive a prison sentence that is five times longer than his co-conspirators due to a prior felony conviction out of Nevada.
In accordance to the defendants’ plea agreements, Maurice Green, 31, will receive 15 years in prison, while Archie Green, 46, and Saint Croix, 27, his uncle and girlfriend, respectively, will get three years in prison. A Jan. 13 sentencing date has been set for the trio. In lieu of their pleas, one count each of conspiring to murder and robbery were dropped.
Additionally, all three defendants will receive a strike. This marks Maurice Green’s second strike. He and Saint Croix are former Marines, according to court documents.
At the trio’s preliminary hearing in March, Jahmal Ledet — a friend of the three defendants who reported their plan to the police — testified he and the Greens were going to rob and kill Devin “Nitro” Delemar at his Oceanside apartment on Poplar Drive and then wait for another drug dealer who was scheduled to meet with Delemar and inflict the same fate on him. Saint Croix was going to be the getaway driver, Ledet said.
After nearly a week of preparation, Ledet testified that the plan was set into motion Oct. 22, 2007, when he and the defendants positioned a getaway car at Delemar’s apartment complex. Ledet said he and the trio were arrested shortly after dropping off the car due to his tips to the police.
Both Ledet and Delemar have been convicted of felonies within the last year, prosecutor Brendan McHugh said outside the courtroom. Ledet is currently awaiting sentencing in connection to a San Diego robbery, the lawyer said.