One of two men charged with killing the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Mar Vista pleaded guilty Friday to murder and robbery charges.
James A. Eastland, 22, is facing 40 years to life in state prison in connection with his guilty plea to a murder count in the Jan. 18, 2017, slaying of Ovik Oganesyan, along with two counts of robbery involving Oganesyan and the victim of a separate attack, according to Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.
Oganesyan, 50, was fatally shot at a medical marijuana dispensary at 12480 W. Venice Blvd.
Eastland — who could have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole if he had gone to trial — is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30.
Co-defendant Kayshon Moody, 27, is set to go on trial Oct. 3 for Oganesyan’s killing, along with the killing of gas station clerk M.D. Mizu Rahman a day earlier in Los Feliz.
The murder charges against Moody include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery. Moody is also charged with three counts of second-degree robbery — two involving Rahman and Oganesyan and one involving a separate robbery on Jan. 17, 2017.
The District Attorney’s Office announced in April that it would not seek the death penalty against Moody, who could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted.
Moody and Eastland were arrested and charged in January 2017 and then indicted last December.
Both defendants remain jailed without bail.