Thomas Fenech found guilty of attempted murder in 2011 FAU student drug deal case

Chastity Pascoe

Thomas Fenech, former Palm Beach State College student, was found guilty of second degree attempted murder Monday for his involvement in a drug deal involving two FAU students in 2011. Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.
Thomas Fenech, former Palm Beach State College student, was found guilty of second degree attempted murder Monday for his involvement in a drug deal involving two FAU students in 2011. Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Fenech, former Palm Beach State College student, was put back into Palm Beach County jail on Monday after being found guilty of second degree attempted murder in a drug deal involving FAU students almost two years ago, according to BocaNewsNow.

The UP reached out to Public Information Officer Sandra Boonenberg of the Boca Police Department, but she was unable to respond as of publication time.

Fenech made plans in October 2011 to exchange a quarter pound bag of marijuana for $1,200. Victims Andrew Hernandez, John Addison, and Tyler Doyle planned to make the exchange with entirely counterfeit money, the UP previously reported.

Hernandez went into Fenech’s apartment and came out a few minutes later with the quarter pound bag yelling “Go! Go! Go!” at Doyle, who was in the driver’s seat, when he got into the car, according to BocaNewsNow.

Alexander Moreno, another FAU student and the middleman of the deal, told police that he made the exchange with Hernandez. He handed the money to Anthony Proios, an FAU student, who then handed it to Fenech. After realizing the money was fake, Fenech ran outside with his AK-47 and began shooting at Hernandez’s mustang.

Doyle, who was unfamiliar with the area, pulled into the parking lot of 1989 NW 4th Avenue after realizing they were being shot at, according to BocaNewsNow. Hernandez, Addison, and Doyle got out of the car and began yelling for help but were soon standing at the opposite end of Fenech’s AK-47.

Hernandez was shot in the face, Addison in the back, and Boyle suffered from minor injuries to his hand.

As the UP previously reported, Fenech was charged with three counts of attempted second degree murder with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Proios and Jared Tuck, an FAU student, took Fenech’s AK-47 apart and threw the pieces into the woodlands off of Beeline Highway. Both were charged with accessory after the fact and tampering with physical evidence for disposing of the rifle the day after, when Moreno told them that two people had been shot.

For unclear reasons, Tuck was not prosecuted while the case against Proios remains open.

[Check Upressonline.com for updates on the trial and Fenech’s sentence.]