A 23-year-old woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges surrounding the 2015 fatal shooting of a father of five in West Palm Beach. City police say she and her brother set fire to the car in which the man was shot.
Desiree Platas pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory after the fact and one count of second-degree arson. She will spend 10 years in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, and she is required to testify in any future court dates in relation to the death of Abad “Tito” Tineo.
Her brother, 21-year-old Tyler Davis, was set to take a plea deal this month in connection to the fatal shooting, according to court records. For unknown reasons, he did not enter a plea. His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.
On Nov. 21, 2015, West Palm Beach police said Platas met with the 40-year-old Tineo after talking with him online and setting up a time to buy drugs. Security-camera footage from the Lake Worth area shows the two of them enter a Toyota Matrix and head to West Palm Beach.
Later, they met with a man who entered the vehicle and sold them marijuana, according to police. Platas later told police the man left the vehicle without a word and then shot Tineo through the passenger-side window, killing him.
Platas and the alleged gunman drove to a dead-end road near Echo Lake and North Shore drives, by Bak Middle School of the Arts, and got rid of Tineo’s body, according to the report. After that, Platas told police she called her brother to help clean the car of the blood from the shooting. Instead of cleaning it, the group took the Toyota to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area along Palm Beach County's northern border and set it on fire, police said.
Platas told police she was afraid of contacting police because she didn’t know what the alleged gunman would do.
The siblings were arrested nearly a year after the fatal shooting, according to jail records. To date, the gunman, who was named by Platas, has not been arrested, though it’s unclear why. Police said the case remains open.
When out on bond in 2017, Platas violated the conditions of her release several times and was rearrested.