WILKES-BARRE — Appearing before a judge on what was supposed to be the start of a trial Monday, Andre Fuller instead agreed to plead guilty to a charge of attempted homicide in the Aug. 3, 2013 shooting of William Uggiano, then 19. Fuller was sentenced to six to 12 years in a state prison.
Fuller, 23, was accused of firing seven shots at Uggiano, who said he was hit in the head, shoulder, arm, hip, waist and buttocks. Uggiano appeared at Fuller’s preliminary hearing Sept. 26 in a wheelchair.
Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas cited the gravity of Uggiano’s wounds and his ongoing recovery in approving the sentence. Fuller’s attorney Peter Moses noted his client had been in prison since Aug. 24, 2013, and asked that he be granted time served from then to Monday. Lupas agreed.
Lupas also ordered Fuller to pay $1,052 in restitution to the Pennsylvania State Police, $827 to Uggiano, and $1,384.40 to Geisinger Medical Center.
At the preliminary hearing, Uggiano testified he had gone to the area of Wayne and South Grant streets to meet a woman who had invited him to smoke some marijuana. He said he waited about 10 minutes, then began to walk home when he turned around and saw Fuller with a gun.
According to a criminal complaint in the case:
Uggiano felt the meeting was “odd” because he had been asking the girl to meet him on numerous occasions but she would always say no.
Uggiano, who then knew Fuller only as “Dre,” said Fuller “only grinned” at him.
“I saw Dre and he started firing,” Uggiano had testified.
Police said they found several .45 caliber shell casings in the area.
Fuller was charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and a firearms offense. In accepting the guilty plea on attempted homicide, the other charges were withdrawn.
Uggiano’s shooting last summer prompted an outpouring of support for his him and his family members.
An Aug. 5 vigil saw the teen’s mother, Javette Uggiano, carrying a cross as she led a column of dozens of friends for a candlelight vigil from the family’s Park Avenue home to the shooting site and back.
“Is he an angel? He’s a teenager,” William Uggiano said of his son in an interview with The Times Leader that evening. “But what could a teenager do that you would gun him down with five bullets and leave him on the street?”