Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man received an aggregate sentence of 41 years in prison in connection with a 2011 homicide as well as a home-invasion robbery and sexual assault.
John Gonzalez, 20, was convicted by a jury in January on second-degree burglary, armed robbery, aggravated sexual assault and weapons offenses in the felony murder of 38-year-old Lori Breiding of Camden.
Gonzalez and a codefendant, Steven Alicea, 23, of Camden, were accused of fatally shooting Breiding while attempting to rob her on the 2600 block of Cramer Street in Camden around 11:30 p.m. on September 30, 2011. The victim succumbed to her injuries and died on October 1, 2011.
Gonzalez and Alicea were arrested shortly after Breiding’s shooting after they committed a second crime, a home invasion robbery and sexual assault near the scene of the homicide. The jury convicted Gonzalez of aggravated sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery, and weapons offenses relating to the home-invasion.
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Peter Gallagher presented evidence and testimony showing both Gonzalez and Alicea were still wearing clothes at the second crime that matched the description of those worn by Breiding’s assailants. Both were carrying .22 caliber revolvers. Breiding was shot with a .22 caliber round. Breiding’s purse was found at the residence where the home-invasion occurred.
Gonzalez, who was 16 at the time of the crimes, was waived to adult court in both cases.
Gonzalez will be required to serve approximately 32 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. The sentence was imposed Friday by Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley.
A trial date for Alicea is scheduled for May 23 with Superior Court Judge Kelley.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Released Friday, April 29, 2016.