Accused Killer Pleads Guilty

There was tight security in and around the Lackawanna County courthouse Tuesday for the hearing of a man charged with a gang-related murder.

Trish Hartman (Chicago Tribune)
January 19, 2010

One of three men accused of murder in a gang-related shooting has pleaded guilty.

Jeffrey Future, 26, of Scranton pleaded guilty to first degree murder, admitting to shooting and killing Allen Fernandez last July in Lackawanna County.

He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

SWAT members kept a close watch as Future was taken into the Lackawanna County courthouse in Scranton to enter his plea.

By admitting guilt, Future escaped the possibility of the death penalty.

“He took responsibility for his actions. I hope it serves everybody,” Future’s mother said.

His family sobbed in the courtroom as he was sentenced to life in jail.

Future dropped out of school after eighth grade.

“He’s very articulate, very bright and as the judge alluded, he did have a bright future,” said defense attorney James Elliott.

The victim’s family was in court for the plea but did not speak inside or outside the courtroom.

Jeffrey Future, his 18-year-old brother, Tonie, and 17-year-old Cristian Kenyon are charged with shooting and killing Fernandez.

Prosecutors said all three were members of the Bloods street gang.

Fernandez’s body was found along Snake Road near Taylor on July 30, 2009.

The three men were arrested almost a month later.

Once Future was sentenced, he told the court gang violence would happen here again. He said, “A word of advice to everybody here, if you do have kids, be mindful of what they watch, what they listen to.”

He also said the gang used “psychological trickery.” “It doesn’t let go. You really have to be careful,” he added.

Prosecutors said this murder changed the way this area fights gang-related crime.

“It’s changed the face of who we are because now we’ve experienced this kind of violence in our own community for no reason,” said Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico.

Future’s two accomplices, Tonie Future and Cristian Kenyon, are headed to trial.

Part of Jeffrey Future’s plea agreement spared his brother from the death penalty as well.

Cristian Kenyon will not face death since he was under the age of 18 when the crime happened.

Copyright © 2010, WNEP-TV

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