The suspected murderer’s father has acknowledged to assisting his son following the alleged shooting deaths of four individuals in an SUV in St. Paul and subsequent abandonment of the vehicle with the victims inside in a western Wisconsin cornfield last year.
Darren Lee Osborne entered a plea of guilty on Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court to one count of aiding an offender by being an accomplice after the fact in the deaths of friends Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater, and Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, as well as siblings Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, and Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, both of St. Paul.
According to the criminal complaint against him, Osborne followed Suggs to western Wisconsin where Suggs abandoned the SUV and then offered his kid a lift back to Minnesota.
According to the terms of the plea bargain, the state’s sentencing guidelines call for a 58-month jail sentence, which is the “middle of the box.” An assault accusation in the third degree stemming from a different case that was brought three months prior to the deaths will be dropped.
Additionally, the prosecution has agreed to assist in settling the case against Osborne, 57, of St. Paul, in Dunn County District Court, where he is accused of concealing a corpse on four counts.
Osborne entered his plea one day before his trial was set to begin. Osborne, also known as Darren Lee McWright, will continue to be imprisoned until his sentence hearing before Judge Mark Ireland on December 9.
Suggs, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is accused with four counts of second-degree murder with intent in connection with the deaths that are said to have occurred on September 12, 2021, inside a Mercedes-Benz SUV that he had leased, according to the prosecution. Prior to his March 20 trial, he is still imprisoned on a $10 million bond.
Suggs is charged with concealing a corpse in Dunn County on four counts as well.
Police are still unsure of what led Suggs to allegedly kill the four persons they had seen him with that early Sunday morning at a pub on West Seventh Street.
After killing the four people, Suggs allegedly drove about for several hours before asking his father to accompany him to Wisconsin, where he abandoned the SUV 65 miles from St. Paul in a cornfield.
The lawsuit against Osborne claims that Suggs later confessed to his father, in private, that “he snapped and shot a couple of individuals” and that the “shooting happened in the car on Seventh Street.”
Osborne left Suggs off in Minneapolis after following him to Wisconsin. Osborne denied being aware that the SUV contained corpses. They left their phones in St. Paul before making their way toward the border.
Osborne said that Suggs did not reveal to him that the remains were in the Mercedes-Benz, which was discovered by a farmer in the Town of Sheridan that same day, until they had returned to Minnesota.
Suggs took a flight back to his home in Arizona, but five days later he turned himself in to police.
The guilty plea by Osborne, according to Flug-father Presley’s Damone Presley, “brings a little bit of closure, but won’t provide my daughter back,” he said on Wednesday.
Presley, 51, of St. Paul, said of the anticipated sentence of about five years: “It should be lot more.” “In my perspective, justice for my daughter and her friends won’t come until we get one more moron off the street. Why remains to be answered? Why were they murdered?