A surprise plea deal brings a halt to a high profile trial in St. Lawrence County Court. Patrick Lloyd and Miranda Green pleaded guilty to the most serious charge of attempted kidnapping. Our Barry Wygel has terms of the deal.
ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Just as day two of testimony was scheduled to begin, the surprise announcement was made. Patrick Lloyd and Miranda Green would plead guilty to the most serious count of the six count indictment end the trial before the victim takes the stand.
"I think that the sentences are appropriate. It sends the appropriate message to people that this conduct is taken seriously," said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve.
Under terms of the plea, Green would be given youthful offender status and face one-and-a-third to four years in prison and Lloyd will face eight years in prison. Attorneys for the defendants say before a meeting with the judge late Wednesday night, a deal wasn't on the table.
"We took that information back to our clients, spoke to them, gave them the night to think about it, came back to court today, asked the judge if he would be willing to give us a commitment in regards to sentence," said Edward Narrow, attorney for Patrick Lloyd.
It was with tears in her eyes that Green admitted in open court to attacking Catherine Berry in February. While not giving a motive, she said she and Lloyd planned to grab her as she was walking down the street and forced her into Lloyd's van.
The biggest question that remains is how Lloyd's conviction Thursday will impact his federal drug trafficking charges currently pending.
"Because of the sentencing structure in federal court, my client's exposure there is much greater than eight years so we're anticipating a sentence that is greater than that," said Narrow.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve summed up the deal as not only a victory for her, but for the community of Massena as well.
"I think Massena can rest easier knowing that this particular conduct which set the community on edge for so long has finally been addressed," said Duve.
There is no word when Lloyd's next federal court appearance is expected.
Lloyd was facing 10 years to life in federal court, but now with two felony convictions, the mandatory minimum sentence may change.