WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas has sentenced Angelina DeAbreu to six to 12 months in prison on charges related to her covering up the deadly shooting of 14-year-old Tyler Winstead.
DeAbreu, 30, in May, decided to plead guilty to two counts of hindering the investigation by hiding evidence and a single count of tampering with evidence. That plea came during her trial prior to her attorneys Thomas Marsilio and Larry Kansky opening up their defense.
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. Yusiff testfied at his mother’s trial that the gun was disposed of in New Jersey.
DeAbreu faced a minimum sentence of probation, but Lupas said he felt the maximum allowable sentence of jail time was warranted because of the serious nature of the case.