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Federico murder case

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Joshua Federico
Solicited third party to kill 3 witnesses (alleged)
Joseph Federico
Solicited third party to kill 3 witnesses (alleged)
Wendy Federico
Solicited third party to kill 3 witnesses (alleged)
Constantine Trikoulis
Hired to kill 3 witnesses (alleged)
Laura Miller
Hunter Federico

The Federico murders occurred in August of 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Sarah Federico was shot several times and critically wounded, her unborn child was killed in the womb, and her live-in boyfriend was killed by unknown means and his body incinerated. Her husband was arrested for the shootings and murders. Four months later, a plot to kill three witness-participants in the shootings and murders was uncovered by the Chesterfield police, and Federico, his mother and his brother were arrested and charged.

Multiple murders[edit | edit source]

The Federico murders began on August 24, 2018 at 3:30 AM when Sarah Federico was shot multiple times, critically wounding her and killing her unborn child. The following day, the incinerated human remains of her live-in boyfriend, Lawrence Howell, were found in a lot adjacent to the home of Joshua Federico, Sarah's estranged husband.[1][2]

Manhunt[edit | edit source]

The United States Marshals Service joined forces with the local police in a four day search for Federico.[3] A fire department medic spotted the shirtless murder suspect walking near a church and this lead to an [4] intense 3 hour ground search with search and rescue dogs. Joshua Federico was found hiding in an abandoned home and arrested and charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.[1] Federico's girlfriend was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.[5][6] Federico's son, Hunter, was arrested after police found guns and illegal drugs in his home after a manhunt related search.[4]

Solicitation and attempted murder of three witness-participants[edit | edit source]

In December of 2018, Joshua Federico was charged in a murder-for-hire plot, coordinated from his prison cell, to kill three witness-participants to the murders. Federico was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, solicitation to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder and two counts of felony obstruction of justice.[5]

Federico conspired with his brother (Joseph Federico), and mother (Wendy Federico). Both were charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder and two counts of felony obstruction of justice.[7] Constantine Trikoulis, an acquaintance of Federico, was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, two counts of felony obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.[7]

Sarah Federico has been in hiding since the murder.[8]

Background[edit | edit source]

Joshua Federico is an American healthcare executive. Sarah Federico owned and operated a horse farm. The couple separated from his wife four months prior to the shooting. Joshua Federico filed for divorce June 12, 2018, claiming his wife of six years committed adultery on several occasions.[3] Sarah Federico had a protective order against Joshua Federico for extreme cruelty including causing her to have a car accident when the two fought for possession of her cell phone.[1].

Lawrence Howell, was married and had a 3-year-old child, who lives in Florida. He left his wife and son Florida to move in with Sarah Federico who he met on the Internet.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bowes, Mark. "Chesterfield man charged with shooting wife and killing her boyfriend had accused her of infidelity; she accused him of 'extreme cruelty'". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. Staff Writer. "Murder suspect's son taken into custody during raid". CBS 6. CBS. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Staff Writer. "US Marshals join hunt for man charged with murdering estranged wife's boyfriend". CBS6. CBS. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lewis, Ashley; Covil, Wayne. "New details on Chesterfield dad charged with murder; son arrested after search". CBS6. CBS. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Griset, Rich. "Murder-for-hire plot leads to four arrests". Chesterfield Observer. Chesterfield Observer. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. Staff Writer. "Mother, brother of double murder suspect arrested for alleged plot to kill witnesses". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Burkett, Jon. "Mother, brother of Chesterfield murder suspect arrested in murder-for-hire plot". WTVR. CBS. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  8. Staff Writer. "Multiple family members charged in Chesterfield murder-for-hire plot to kill witnesses in homicide case". NBC News. NBC. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  9. Lua error: Internal error: The interpreter has terminated with signal "24".

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