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'Blood feud' could go to trial if man rejects offer

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 2:51 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man accused of shooting another and cutting him with a machete has until Monday to decide if he wants to take a plea deal offered by the state.

Prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Orlando Ferral-Mujica if he pleads guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and cooperates with an ongoing investigation into the matter.

Ferral-Mujica, 33, faces up to 90 years in prison if a jury returns a guilty verdict for his role in the attack that has been called a “blood feud” with roots in Mexico.

He’s accused of shooting a man once in the chest near the heart, and when the gun jammed, he attacked the man with the machete. The man allegedly killed his uncle in Mexico.

The attack happened Dec. 3, 2011.

His brother, Armando Ferral-Mujica, 22, previously pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

With the state’s offer, the older Ferral-Mujica could be sentenced to a prison term of anywhere from six to 30 years. The minimum he’s currently facing if he goes to trial and loses is 42 years.

Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally, said the prosecution’s offer would be off the table Monday if Ferral-Mujica rejects it. His trial is set for Feb. 3.

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