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Department of Justice Highlights Include Prison Sentences for Heroin Dealers and a Life Sentence for Murder

Date Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Categories:  Criminal Department of Justice DOJ Press Releases

WILMINGTON, DE – Deputy Attorneys General within the Delaware Department of Justice had several significant successes recently.

Convictions:

Deputy Attorney General Periann Doko won a guilty verdict against Naees Beeks, 20, of Wilmington, for aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Beeks and his girlfriend’s step-father began arguing after the step-father asked Beeks to leave his home. After the argument moved outside, the step-father noticed a man, identified as “Cook” leaning on Beeks’s car, and recognized him as the man who previously shot him. When the victim confronted Cook, both Cook and Beeks pulled out guns.

Resolutions:

Deputy Attorney General Michael Degliobizzi secured a drug dealing plea against Keyirre “Goggles” Bradley, 25, of Wilmington. Officers conducting a drug investigation noticed Bradley conducting numerous drug transactions. Officers applied for, and were granted, several search warrants. Upon executing the warrants, officers located a clear plastic sandwich bag containing 4.5 grams of marijuana, and a children’s Spiderman lunchbox which contained 248 bags of heroin.

Deputy Attorney General Jan van Amerongen secured a guilty plea from Candido Tepoz, 29, of Newark, for unlawful sexual contact and criminal impersonation. Tepoz sexually assaulted a 19-year-old University of Delaware student after luring her to his car by offering her a ride last November. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and could face deportation to Mexico.

Deputy Attorney General Jenna Milecki secured pleas to second and third degree burglary against James Hutchinson, 26, of Delaware City. Hutchinson entered unlocked vehicles and then used garage door openers to gain access to homes, where he stole a wallet, credit cards, a GPS, and a television set.

Sentencings:

Deputy Attorney General Cindy Faraone secured a 15 year prison sentence for Wendall Chambers, 35, of Newark, relating to the sale of heroin. Wilmington Police Officers observed the defendant who was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle conduct a hand-to-hand drug transaction. After approaching the car, police noticed wrappers and plastic bags containing a total of 396 zip lock bags all containing an off-white powder substance that later tested positive for heroin. Chambers was declared a habitual under 11 Del. C. Section 4214(a).

Deputy Attorneys General Kate Keller and Jamie McCloskey secured a 10 year prison sentence against Andrew Tucker, 56, of Elkton, Maryland, for two counts of second degree burglary, two counts of theft, and two counts of illegal use of a debit card. In August 2013, Tucker entered two different homes in Newark, and stole wallets, credit cards, and a laptop computer. Tucker was declared habitual under 11 Del. C. Section 4214(a).

Deputy Attorneys General Zach Rosen and Dave Holloway secured a seven year prison sentence against Luis Garcia-Valle, 23, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for drug dealing, despite his having no previous criminal record. After being stopped for traffic violations in May 2014, a K9 officer indicated the presence of drugs in the car Garcia-Valle was driving. State Troopers found more than 13,000 bags of heroin in a secret compartment in the trunk of the car.

Deputy Attorneys General Julie Finocchiaro and Phil Casale secured a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence against 18-year old Dion Bacon of Wilmington, for escape after conviction, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Bacon had been serving a sentence at a juvenile facility in PA for dealing heroin, when he failed to return after earning a home pass in February 2014. About a month later, Bacon was arrested with another teenager after being found smoking marijuana in a parked car. A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded .9mm gun.

Deputy Attorneys General Brian Robertson and Sonia Augusthy secured a life sentence for Darcell Coleman, 31, of Wilmington, for the May 2013 murder of Marvin Moore. Moore had a child with a woman who had become Coleman’s girlfriend. The two had a fight over the woman the evening of the shooting.

Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson secured an 11 ½-year prison term for Kyran Jones, 18, of Newark, for a robbery and shooting committed when Jones was 17 years old. Jones arranged to meet his victim in a church parking lot in order to sell the victim drugs, however Jones decided to rob the victim instead, pulling out a gun and demanding money. When the victim resisted, Jones shot him four times.

Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson secured an eight year sentence against Donald Greer, 37, of Wilmington for possession of a shotgun. Wilmington Police arrested Greer in May 2013 after an ongoing investigation. Greer, a convicted felon and drug offender was sentenced as a habitual offender.

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