Man pleads guilty in trailer park shooting

A Connecticut man who fired shots into a mobile home park in April pleaded guilty to a felony last week.

Jose Febus, 40, of Hartford, Conn., pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, for his part in the April 12 shooting that left two homes in the Whitehall Mobile Home Park riddled with bullets holes.

Febus agreed to a plea deal that will result in a 12-year state prison sentence. As part of the agreement, Febus will not have to testify against Francisco Gonzalez, 23, of Hartford Conn., who is also accused of firing shots during the shooting.

Gonzalez refused a deal that would have resulted in a 14-year prison sentence.

Febus’ plea was one of four that was reached last week in connection with the shooting.

Brendaliz Febus, 21, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and was sentenced to three years in prison and two years on parole.

She was offered a shorter prison sentence if she cooperated against the remaining suspects, but declined to do so.

Jessica L. Lussier, 34, of Whitehall, and Angela Lawrence, 34, of Pittsford, Vt., both pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery, a felony. Police believe the shooting was done in retaliation for the robbery.

Lussier and Lawrence both played a role in the robbery of three people—one of which was the younger Febus—at the Hampton Motel in the hours before the shootings. Lawrence, who was at the scene of the robbery, faces a one- to three-year prison sentence. Lussier, who fell asleep and was not at the motel during the robbery, faces six months in Washington County Jail and five years on probation. She will also be required to participate in the county’s felony drug treatment program.

Tyshen Matthews, James Neal, and Jermaine Thompson, all of New York City, have also been charged in the robbery.

Police allege that hours before the shooting, the four forced their way into the motel room using pellet guns and made off with drugs, money and electronics.

Brendaliz Febus in turn contacted her father and boyfriend, Gonzalez, and the men traveled to Whitehall.

Believing the New York City men were staying in a trailer rented by Lussier, Jose Febus and Gonzalez fired at least 10 shots from two rifles into the home during the predawn hours on April 12. Many of those rounds passed through the trailer and struck a neighboring home. In both instances, bullets narrowly missed sleeping occupants. No one was injured.

The New York City men, having caught word that Jose Febus and Gonzalez were heading to Whitehall, had already left town by the time of the shooting.

Police believe the two groups of men, all of whom are affiliated with street gangs, were selling cocaine in the area.

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