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Mother pleads to covering up deadly shooting

May 09. 2013 7:32PM

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WILKES-BARRE -Angelina DeAbreu pleaded guilty to charges she covered up the deadly shooting of 14-year-old Tyler Winstead in April 2012.

DeAbreu, 30, decided to plead guilty to two counts of hindering the investigation by hiding evidence and a single count of tampering with evidence prior to her attorneys Thomas Marsilio and Larry Kansky opening up their defense in her jury trial that began Tuesday before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas.

Earlier today, Marsilio and Kansky asked Lupas to dismiss charges of corruption of minors and false reports to law enforcement. The request was made after prosecutors rested their case against DeAbreu after three days of testimony.

DeAbreu’s son, Elijah Yusiff, 14, admitted on the witness stand that he shot Winstead by accident not knowing a .22-caliber handgun he removed from book-like gun case was loaded on April 5, 2012. Winstead was shot in the chest.

Yusiff said he panicked and carried Winstead outside his mother’s home at 117 Hill St. He said he made up a story that Winstead was shot in a drive-by shooting.

Prosecutors allege DeAbreu covered up the shooting by hiding the handgun that has not been found.

Lupas accepted DeAbreu’s guilty plea. She is scheduled to be sentenced July 1.


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