Maurice Stansberry Jr. given plea deal in town of Ulster murder case, DA's office says

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The 18-year-old "cooperated with the DA’s office in exchange for a negotiated plea and sentence recommendation," the District Attorney's Office said in a prepared statement.

The office said the disposition of the case is expected in the fall, but it did not say what the teen will plead guilty to or what his sentence will be.

His father, Maurice Stansberry Sr., was convicted of second-degree murder Friday by an Ulster County Court jury for the Dec. 1, 2018, shooting death of Mark Lancaster, 39, in the town of Ulster. He also was found guilty of robbery and weapons charge...

Stansberry Jr., who was with his father and third murder co-defendant Kevin Gardener when Lancaster was killed, testified for the prosecution against Stansberry Sr. Part of Stansberry Jr.'s testimony was about the 9mm handgun he said his father brought to the drug deal that preceded the fatal shooting. 

The elder Stansberry, 39, faces up to 25 years to life in state prison on the murder charge when he's sentenced Oct. 4. 

Gardener, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder July 19 and is to be sentenced to up to 20 years to life in prison on Oct. 1.

Gardener's lawyer speculated earlier this month that the younger Stansberry, who is free on bail, had been offered a deal in exchange for testifying against his father. The District Attorney's Office at the time declined to address that contention.

Lancaster was killed after what authorities have described as a drug deal at the Sawkill Trailer Park that turned into an armed robbery of marijuana from Lancaster's son. 

Authorities say Lancaster chased the car carrying the three defendants to a spot on Sawkill Road in Ulster, where both vehicles stopped, grabbed Stansberry Jr. by the shirt through the driver's side door and then was shot from within the defendants' car.

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