The gunman who went on a shooting rampage, killing four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy all in a quest for prescription drugs, pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday.
David Laffer, 33, pleaded guilty to first degree murder and robbery charges in connection to the gruesome case that left a Long Island community shattered. Laffer initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Laffer's wife, Melinda Brady, 29, also pleaded guilty to robbery charges. Prosecutors say Brady concocted the robbery and drove the getaway car soon after the shooting.
Although the pair's official sentencing isn't until Oct. 17, the judge overseeing the case announced his plans to sentence Laffer to the maximum of four life sentences with no parole while Brady faces 21 to 25 years in state prison.
Brady had maintained she had no idea that her husband was armed when he walked into the Haven Drugs Pharmacy in Medford on June 19 and gunned down pharmacist Raymond Ferguson, 45, his assistant, Jennifer Mejia, 17, and two customers, Jaime Taccetta, 33, and Bryon Sheffield, 71.
Following the couple's arrests, detectives seized the gun used in the shooting as well as 2,000 prescription painkillers.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun