Wildwood carjacking suspect pleads guilty

Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, February 27, 2014 04:52 pm

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Floribert Nava of Wildwood pled guilty Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27 in Cape May County Superior Court to a first-degree carjacking charge as part of a plea agreement. 

Charges of first-degree kidnapping, making terroristic threats, a third-degree crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and luring or enticing a child were all dropped as part of the agreement.

The guilty plea came after a psychiatrist at Ann Klein Forensic Center determined Nava was competent to stand trial in January.

According to Judge Patricia Wild, Nava could have faced 30 years in prison for the first-degree carjacking charge had the case been brought to trial. Under the deal, she could serve 12 years in prison. Nava must serve 85 percent of the term before she can be released, and could be subjected to a five-year parole period after that.

Nava was first arrested in March 2013 when she forced a teenager to drive her from Wildwood to Philadelphia and threatened her with an airsoft handgun. Nava and the teen, also from Wildwood and identified only by her initials, had fought over the teen’s newborn child, who had been adopted by a family in Philadelphia. Police said Nava had believed the child should have been given to her.

Nava threatened the teen with the toy gun and demanded she drive her to Philadelphia. On the Ben Franklin Bridge, the teen rammed the car into a parked cop car, which resulted in Nava’s arrest.

Nava was emotional in court Thursday when she entered the plea, and broke down when Wild told her, “Miss Nava, do you understand you are going to be in jail for a long time?”

Nava spoke through a translator, as she does not know English.

Nava is not a U.S. citizen. Wild said that the guilty plea could affect Nava’s ability to stay in the country, or travel to the United States in the future.

Sentencing for Nava is set for March 27.

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