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Man charged with attempted murder in connection with 2018 break-in pleads guilty to lesser charges

Esteban Benjamin Fortin, 21, is charged with attempted murder in connection with a breaking and entering on Aug. 28. (WYDaily/Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)
Esteban Benjamin Fortin. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

A man charged with attempted murder charge in connection with a break-in in York County last year has pleaded guilty to two lesser charges.

Esteban Benjamin Fortin, 22, pleaded guilty to two charges Sept. 17, including armed burglary and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, online court records show.

He was sentenced to 23 years in prison with 17 years suspended. 

Fortin was originally charged with attempted second-degree murder, shooting at an occupied building, armed burglary, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, destruction of property and possession of a weapon by a felon.

All but two of the charges were either reduced, dropped or dismissed through various court hearings. The attempted murder charge was reduced to attempted malicious wounding in general district court in March.

Fortin was accused of breaking into a home in the 100 block of Little Bay Road Aug. 28, 2018 and firing shots inside the residence, authorities said at the time.

The 17-year-old boy who lived in the house said a person fired shots, then another two people fired shots at the victim’s vehicle as they left in a black sedan.

Fortin was arrested several weeks later in Newport News in connection with the incident.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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