This afternoon, Alize Fonseca, 17, of Lehigh Acres, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation for one count of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
Today Fonseca entered guilty pleas to both charges. The State Attorney’s Office direct filed on the defendant, meaning the juvenile case was placed in adult court and he was sentenced as an adult.
Fonseca and two co-defendants, Austin Moore and Christian Couto, made a plan to draw the victim to a remote area of Lehigh Acres so they could rob him. The three defendants met in the early morning hours of August 14, 2020 in Lehigh. The victim came to meet the defendants in a vehicle occupied by several other young people. Fonseca then emerged from the darkness, wearing a mask and carrying a semi-automatic firearm. He demanded money from the victim and then opened fire, killing him.
None of the other occupants of the car were injured. The three defendants then fled the scene in another vehicle. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit handled the investigation.
Co-defendants Moore and Couto have both pled guilty in this crime and are scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, 2022.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office