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Joseph Phelps biography: 13 things about Niviane Petit Phelps’ husband


Joseph J. Phelps Jr. is an African-American man from Florida, United States. He has a bird tattoo on his left arm and a lady tattoo on his right arm.

Phelps, also known as John Joseph LaFrance, is married to Niviane Petit Phelps. He is 5’9″ tall and his registered weight is 170 lbs.

Joseph has lived in different parts of Florida including Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miramar and Hollywood. Here are 13 more things about him:

Joseph Phelps Jr.
Joseph Phelps Jr.
  1. On December 14, 1992, he allegedly committed grand theft of between $300 and less than $20,000 and burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance. (a)
  2. On February 1, 1993, he allegedly committed grand theft auto and attempted robbery with no gun or deadly weapon. (a)
  3. On May 31, 1993, he allegedly committed grand theft auto again. (a)
  4. On October 5, 1993, he was found guilty of grand theft of more than $300 but less than $20,000; burglary of a dwelling, structure or conveyance; attempted robbery with no gun or deadly weapon and two counts of grand theft auto. On October 18, 1993, he was incarcerated. (a)
  5. On July 21, 1995, he was released from prison. (a)
  6. He was accused of fatally shooting Louinas Lucas, who owned a grocery store in Miami, using a .357 Magnum on May 10, 1996. (a)
  7. His wife Niviane and their three children live in Miami Gardens. In 2001, Jackson Health System hired her. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. (b)
  8. His friend Donald Merelus was named as his accomplice when he allegedly killed Lucas in 1996. In 2011, Merelus was arrested and convicted. (d)
  9. On December 18, 2014, he was sentenced to life for first-degree murder premeditated or attempted and 15 years in prison for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon (gun) for the fatal shooting of Lucas on May 10, 1996. (a)
  10. On January 12, 2015, he was incarcerated at the Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville, Wakulla County, Florida. (a)(b)(c)
  11. In February 2021, Niviane recorded five videos in her home in Miami Gardens and used the computer application JPay to send the videos to him while he was incarcerated at the Wakulla Correctional Institution. In the videos, she allegedly said she wanted to kill Kamala Harris. (b)(c)(d)(e)
  12. On February 20, 2021, he received from Niviane a photo of herself holding a pistol next to a target containing bullet holes and another photo of their son holding a pistol and a target. On February 22, 2021, she applied for a concealed weapons permit. After her arrest on April 15, 2021, Jackson Memorial Medical Center fired her. (c)(f)(g)
  13. He was 44 years old while Niviane was 39 when she pleaded guilty in federal court on September 10, 2021 for threatening to kill Harris. She is scheduled for sentencing at 2:00 p.m. on November 19, 2021 before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. She faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison. (c)(f)(g)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


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