According to Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Andy Encarnacion, 24, and Matthew Wulah, 25, broke into the home of 19-year-old Jose Hart early in the morning on Nov. 20, 2016 at 1058 Southern Boulevard and fatally shot him in the chest during a struggle.
Encarnacion, a Manhattan resident, was sentenced on Apr. 25, to 17 years in prison. Two weeks earlier, Wulah was sentenced to 16 years. Both pleaded guilty to first-degree Manslaughter in March.
According to the investigation, the defendants broke into the apartment to rob Hart, whose mother had recently won a $50,000 car insurance settlement. Hart had told a woman he was dating, Kayla Moreno, about the money.
After Hart posted a sexually explicit video of him and Moreno, she allegedly planned the robbery, informing Wulah and Encarnacion about the settlement, then letting the defendants into the apartment on the day of the murder. A struggle ensued as Hart got into a struggle with the thieves, and the gun went off.
The defendants fled the scene of the murder, allegedly taking a flat screen TV, Hart’s cellphone, a PlayStation console, sneakers, and Hart’s jacket. The victim’s mother found her son’s body when she arrived home several hours after the shooting.
The cases against Moreno and other co-defendants are still pending.