At least 1 defendant remaining in ‘Junior’ Feliz murder case accepts plea deal
One of the remaining defendants charged with the murder of Bronx teen Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman Feliz has accepted a plea deal.
Jose Tavarez is pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter, according to a law enforcement source. News 12 has learned that Tavarez accepted the deal on Nov. 16 and was initially charged with second-degree murder in the 2018 incident.
Tavarez was reportedly offered a deal on the lesser manslaughter charge in exchange for 15 years in prison and five years' supervision back in October, and that sentence would include a 2017 gun charge for the defendant.
It is unclear if the details of the plea deal that he accepted have remained the same as they were prior. Tavarez is due back in court on Nov. 30.
The defendant is one of six remaining men charged in the killing of Junior, and all six were offered plea deals. Tavarez was accused of chasing the 15-year-old to the Belmont bodega where he was eventually killed by a gang.
Law enforcement officials say that Tavarez will be sentenced on Jan. 13.