Deputy Attorneys General within the Delaware Department of Justice had several significant successes recently, including convictions that will lead to significant prison sentences for defendants.
Anthony Abbatiello, 36, of Wilmington, will spend at least 38 years in prison, after being found guilty of several charges by a Superior Court jury. Deputy Attorneys General Julie Finocchiaro and Kelly Breen secured the convictions. In May 2015, Abbatiello went into a room at the Fairview Inn, located at 1051 S. Market Street in Wilmington, and robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint. While running from the room, Abbatiello fired multiple shots from a handgun at someone trying to stop him from getting away. Abbatiello was convicted of Attempted First Degree Assault, Home Invasion, First Degree Robbery, Reckless Endangering, four counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, and several traffic violations. Abbatiello will be sentenced in June.
Deputy Attorneys General Phillip Casale and Mark Denney convicted Lamar Wright-Clayton, 38, of New Castle, in a jury trial. In September 2015, police stopped a car driven by Wright-Clayton in the 2400 block of North Jessup Street in Wilmington for equipment violations. During the stop, police found Wright-Clayton had a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his pocket. Jurors found Wright-Clayton guilty of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, and Driving with a Suspended License. Wright-Clayton faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 23 years as a habitual offender when sentenced in June.
Deputy Attorney General Casey Ewart secured a plea from Andrew Moore, 32, of Laurel for Burglary 2nd, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, and Theft of a Firearm. In November 2014, Moore broke into a home on Revel Road in Millsboro, and stole guns, televisions, and jewelry. He also broke into the home’s shed and stole a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle. The firearm possession charge carries a 10-year minimum mandatory, and the theft conviction, which carries a one-year minimum, will classify Moore as a habitual offender under Delaware Code Title 11 § 4214 (a). He faces 11 years to life in prison at sentencing in May.
Deputy Attorney General Jason Cohee secured a manslaughter plea from 21-year-old Shaquille Bolden of Dover. Bolden was charged with the July 2014 murder of 20-year-old Rashaad Lewis during a fight involving about 20 people in the unit block of South New Street in Dover. Police arriving to stop the fight found Lewis on the ground with stab wounds. Bolden will be sentenced in May.
Twenty-year-old Shamar Walker of Milton will spend 10 years in prison for the death of his two-month-old son in April 2014. Deputy Attorneys General Melanie Withers and Casey Ewart secured a sentence of 20 years, suspended after 10 for 5 years at Level IV, suspended after 6 months for 2 years at Level II probation. The child died as the result of abusive head trauma while in his father’s care.Related Topics: Attorney General Matt Denn • Criminal Division • Department of Justice • superior court
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