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Prosecutors seek more charges against DeAbreu

Woman accused of hiding evidence in teen shooting backed out of plea deal.

May 02. 2013 11:51PM

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WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors want to add more charges against a mother accused of covering up the deadly shooting of 14-year-old Tyler Winstead last year.

Angelina DeAbreu, 31, of East Stroudsburg, is scheduled to appear in Luzerne County Court on Monday for the first day of her trial on charges of corruption of minors, tampering with evidence and false reports that incriminated another person.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed a motion seeking to add hindering the investigation by concealing evidence, hindering the investigation by providing false information to law enforcement and providing false reports to law enforcement.

Judge David Lupas scheduled a hearing on the request on Monday before jury selection.

Prosecutors moved to add the charges because DeAbreu did not plead guilty as expected.

Court records say DeAbreu appeared in court on Dec. 19 and backed out of a plea deal when she learned prosecutors were moving for a sentence that included incarceration.

Prosecutors are likely to face a challenge by DeAbreu’s attorneys, Thomas Marsilio and Larry Kansky.

DeAbreu surrendered Aug. 31 at the office of District Judge Rick Cronauer on the charges she is currently facing at trial.

City police and county detectives allege Winstead was shot on April 5, 2012, inside DeAbreu’s house at 117 Hill St. when her son, Elijah Yusiff, removed a .22-caliber revolver from a book-shaped case. Winstead was sitting on a bed in DeAbreu’s bedroom when Yusiff turned with his finger on the trigger, according to the criminal complaint.

The gun discharged and a bullet struck Winstead in the chest, killing the Wilkes-Barre Area GAR Junior/Senior High School honor student. After the shooting, Yusiff told investigators and reporters Winstead was shot outside by a man who drove away in a red Ford, the complaint says.

Investigators allege in the criminal complaint DeAbreu hid the gun and Yusiff hid the shell casing in a pile of scrap metal behind 119 Hill St., where Winstead’s legal guardians and grandparents, Willie and Carol Golden, live.

Yusiff was charged in juvenile court with an unknown offense in May 2012.

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