WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man admitted Thursday to wielding a machete in an attack that attorneys have said stems back to a “blood feud” in Mexico.
Orlando Ferral-Mujica, 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm. As part of the plea agreement, he must cooperate with the prosecution’s continuing investigation into others who are believed to be involved with the attack.
All other charges against Ferral-Mujica – including attempted murder – were dropped.
Authorities have said the attack happened Dec. 3, 2011, outside Jesus Agaton’s apartment in McHenry.
Ferral-Mujica and his brother, Armando, waited for Agaton and attacked him from behind, striking him with a machete and shooting him in the chest, Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said.
Agaton survived. He was able to escape to his girlfriend’s car, bleeding profusely, and was taken to the hospital, Kenneally said.
A wallet found at the crime scene tied Ferral-Mujica and 22-year-old Armando Ferral-Mujica to the attack, Kenneally said, adding that a bloody machete was found in their apartment and a .25-caliber gun matched the bullet lodged in Agaton’s arm.
The Ferral-Mujicas sought revenge against Agaton, attorneys have said, because Agaton allegedly killed their uncle in Mexico.
Orlando Ferral-Mujica entered a blind plea, meaning there was no agreement between attorneys on a possible sentence. He’ll serve between six and 30 years in prison and will be sentenced March 28. Armando Ferral-Mujica is currently serving a 16-year prison term for his role in the crime.
The plea agreement was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.