LAWRENCE — Johan Saint Clair, charged in the shooting deaths of two people on Sept. 6, 2010 at the La Guira nightclub at 205 Broadway, has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and other charges.
Saint Clair, who had been expected to testify in his own defense at Lawrence Superior Court this morning, instead entered a teary-eyed plea of guilty on seven felony counts at around 10:15 a.m. today.
Prosecutors alleged that Saint Clair acted alone when he walked into the crowded nightclub around midnight and started shooting with a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun. They said the shooting was an act of revenge.
They said the blast of gunfire into the packed club at midnight was retribution against “joloperos,” or home invading and torturing thieves who previously robbed Saint Clair of a large amount of cocaine.
He killed two people - Juan Esteban Suazo-Soto, 34, of Hyde Park, and Amarilis Roldan, 24, of Dorchester. He was also charged with wounding Valerie Verdejo, a La Guira waitress, as well as Jose Luis Medran Baez, and illegally carrying the semi-automatic handgun.
In total, he plead guilty to seven felonies, including two counts of 2nd degree murder. He had originally been charged with first-degree murder, which holds a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. The judge sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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