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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 22, 2015

New London Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge Related To 2012 Homicide


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDREW AVILES, 27, of New London, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to a federal assault offense stemming from the September 2012 homicide of Javier Reyes, 36, of New London.

According to court documents and statements made in court, AVILES was an associate of a criminal organization that distributed marijuana, cocaine and other narcotics from the “Green Garages,” a series of garage bays located as 12/14 Walker Street in New London.  In the summer of 2011, the leader of the Green Garages organization was the intended victim of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by former members of his enterprise in an attempt to take over narcotics distribution at the Green Garages.  It is alleged that the leader of the organization orchestrated the assault of Javier Reyes to maintain his leadership position.  AVILES and Jose Rosado, Jr. were hired to carry out the assault of Reyes in exchange for cash.

On the evening of September 12, 2012, Reyes was stabbed multiple times outside of his apartment at 187 Huntington Street in New London and died a short time later.  He also had blunt force trauma to the back of his head.

Video surveillance at the time of the attack shows AVILES and Rosado, carrying a bat, creeping toward Reyes and then running away from him about 15 seconds later.

AVILES today admitted that he stabbed Reyes during the assault.

AVILES pleaded guilty to violating the Travel Act by using a facility in interstate commerce, namely a cellular telephone, with the intent to commit a crime of violence in furtherance of an unlawful activity, and thereafter committed the crime of violence.

At sentencing, AVILES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life.  A sentencing date has not been set.

On July 22, 2014, Rosado, 20, of New London, pleaded guilty to a related charge and also awaits sentencing.

AVILES and Rosado are currently detained.

The alleged leader of the Green Garages organization and the individual who allegedly recruited AVILES and Rosado have been indicted as a result of this investigation.  U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the New London Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police’s Eastern District Major Crime Squad, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service and the New London State’s Attorney’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony Kaplan and Sarah Karwan, and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Narducci.

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