2 men involved in 2020 Lehigh Acres murder sentenced to 15 years in prison

Writer: Matthew Seaver
Lehigh Acres Murder suspects
Christian Matthew Couto (Left) Austin Shane Moore (Right) (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Two men involved in a 2020 Lehigh Acres murder of an 18-year-old have been sentenced for their roles in the death.

Christian Matthew Couto, 20, and Austin Shane Moore, 22, were sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation on charges of second-degree murder and attempted robbery.

The two men were sentenced following a plead agreement with the state to provide information about 17-year-old Alize Fonseca, who the State Attorney’s Office says pulled the trigger.

Fonseca pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery earlier this month. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, Fonseca, Moore and Couto made a plan to draw 18-year-old CJ Wallace into a remote area of Lehigh Acres so they could rob him. On Aug. 14, 2020, Wallace met the three defendants in a vehicle with several people inside.

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The State Attorney’s Office says that is when Fonseca, wearing a mask and carrying a semi-automatic firearm, came out of the darkness and demanded money from Wallace before shooting and killing him.

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