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Ramona Mercado-Vasquez, defense attorney Ron Bar-Nadav Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Co-defendants Jorge Valencia, Adonis Sepulveda and Ramona Mercado-Vasquez with their attorneys in court today. Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Developer Fred Daibes Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Defense attorney Ron Bar-Nadav with Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor David Calviello Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Jorge Valencia Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Ramona Mercado-Vasquez Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

EDGEWATER, N.J. -- Two defendants in a home invasion robbery and beating of developer Fred Daibes at his high-rise plan to plead guilty Thursday in exchange for reduced prison terms, Daily Voice has learned.

A prosecutor today also disclosed the existence of a fifth participant that he's pressing the others to identify.

Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor David Calviello told Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian in Hackensack that any or all of the four can receive favorable plea bargain terms if they give him up.

Ramona Mercado-Vasquez, defense attorney Ron Bar-Nadav acknowledged the alleged co-conspirator's existence but said his client, Ramona Mercado-Vasquez, wouldn't dare identify him because “he will kill them and he will kill their whole families first.”

"I'll take 10 [years]," Mercado-Vasquez shouted in court today, but the judge told her she could expect 40-50 years if convicted of kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed robbery and weapons offenses.

She immediately began weeping, then cried hysterically and threw herself on Bar-Nadav before Bergen County Sheriff's officers escorted her out.

Accused ringleader Jorge Valencia of Edgewater will accept a plea that carries a prison term of 14-18 years, Calviello told Jerejian. It all depends on how much he cooperates with investigators, Calviello said.

Co-defendant Anthony Suarez, said to be a peripheral participant, will agree to 12 years behind bars in exchange for his plea, he added.

Both are expected to testify if Mercado-Vasquez or co-defendant Adonis Sepulveda go to trial. The couple, who have a son together, have each refused 18-year terms, Calviello said.

Calviello described Sepulveda as central in both the conspiracy and the vicious beating of both Daibes and the doorman at the St. Moritiz off Gorge Road, who was called to the apartment on a ruse and forced to open the door.

Daibes was tied up with a bag over his head so he couldn’t see what was happening, prosecutors said. His ribs were broken and $2 million in cash, gold and jewelry was taken during what became a nearly three-hour ordeal.

Valencia and Suarez return to court at 9 a.m. Thursday, while Sepulveda and Mercado-Vasquez have one last chance reach plea agreements by 1:30 p.m. or go to trial.

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