Deonte James Green pleaded guilty to charges of murder, rape and 19 other felonies

March 13, 2019 05:35 PM

Less than a month before his trial was to start, an Oklahoma teenager has pleaded guilty to charges of murder, rape and 19 other felonies.

On Wednesday, Deonte James Green, 17, pleaded guilty in Tulsa County court to first-degree murder and other counts from a 2017 string of crimes in a blind plea, according to the Associated Press, Tulsa World and KFOR.

A blind plea is made without a sentencing recommendation from the state, and it allows the judge to determine the suspect’s punishment.

The teenager’s two-week trial was scheduled to begin April 1.

In October 2017, Green, who was 16 at the time, was accused of shooting Broken Arrow Middle School teacher Shane Anderson to death in Anderson’s Tulsa home during an armed robbery, reports Tulsa World.

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Shane Anderson
Broken Arrow Public Schools

In a separate incident, Green raped an 81-year-old woman.

In addition, other crimes Green pleaded guilty to included: five counts of robbery with a firearm, three counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of attempted robbery with a firearm, one felony count each of kidnapping, possession of a firearm after a juvenile adjudication, attempted animal cruelty, feloniously pointing a firearm as well as second-degree burglary and larceny of an automobile.

A hearing, which will consider his age and likelihood of rehabilitation, will be held for Green on July 9-11. He faces up to life in prison without parole.

Green’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Marny Hill, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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