Chesterfield man found guilty of killing estranged wife’s boyfriend

Jury: Federico should spend life in prison

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man has been found guilty of killing his estranged wife’s boyfriend.

Joshua Federico has also been found guilty of attempted murder after shooting his estranged wife.

The jury is recommending two life sentences plus 43 years and a $100,000 fine. Federico’s official sentencing is scheduled for November.

He was arrested after a manhunt and charged with murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Federico was accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Lawrence J. Howell, and shooting her, as well last summer at Howell’s home on Second Branch Road.

Four additional people were also charged in the case after investigators said Federico conspired with family and acquaintances to hire people to kill three witnesses in the murder case on Second Branch Road.

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