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Police: Guilty Pleas in Murder, Homicide Cases; Embezzling Case Continues; Paintball Vandalism

Here's a rundown of some of our top police stories this week. The defendants below are innocent unless they are convicted in court.

Rather than take his case to trial, Danbury landlord Joseph DaSilva pleaded guilty this week to lesser charges in the 2009 death of Luis Encalada, a squatter that DaSilva was trying to get out of one of his apartments. Encalada died from injuries sustained in the encounter. DaSilva pleaded to charges including negligent homicide, which could net seven years in prison. , which has been covering the case.

 

A Naugatuck woman was sentenced to 27 years for murdering her grandmother in 2009. Angelina Jamele, 19, was arrested after admitting to Naugatuck police that she beat 69-year-old Italia Liguori with Liguori’s own cane, stomped on her as she was down and held her throat with her feet. Jamele broke down during the sentencing hearing and many spoke on her behalf that the woman was psychotic at the time of the killing. .

 

Someone has been shooting pink paintballs at homes in Monroe, and police are searching for the suspect. The incident occurred on Tuesday and .

 

Police were called to Memorial Middle School in Middlebury on Friday for a report of a drug offense. According to Middlebury police, one of the students was caught possessing a marijuana cigarette on school grounds. .

 

The case involving two Newtown police officers charged with embezzling $200,000 from the police union might be heading to a resolution, as reported by Newtown Patch. Former police sergeant Domenic Costello and former officer Andrew Stinson appeared in Danbury Superior Court alongside their attorneys for a pre-trial conference. During the hearing, one of the lawyers told Patch a resolution may be in place for the next court date on Feb. 10. .

 

A Naugatuck man pleaded guilty to defrauding lenders $7 million in a 10-year federal mortgage scheme. Robert Ilunga, 48, is facing up to 40 years in prison for charges of wire fraud and money laundering after federal authorities said he partook in a scheme of obtaining faulty properties in Bridgeport through a real estate business he operated. .

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