Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man has been convicted in connection with a 2011 homicide as well as a home-invasion robbery and sexual assault.
A jury found Steven Alicea, 23, guilty Tuesday (6/7/2016) of felony murder and weapons offenses in the death of 38-year-old Lori Breiding of Camden.
Alicea and a codefendant, John Gonzalez, 21, of Camden, were both convicted 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.
Alicea and Gonzalez 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 also convicted Alicea of aggravated sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery and weapons offenses in regards to the home invasion. He was also convicted of witness tampering charges relating to both the home invasion and the murder.
In January, a jury found Gonzalez guilty of felony murder and weapons offenses in the death of Breiding. The jury convicted Gonzalez of aggravated sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery, and weapons offenses relating to the home-invasion.
In April, Gonzalez received an aggregate sentence of 41 years in prison. Gonzalez will be required to serve approximately 32 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
Alicea is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
During the Alicea trial, Assistant Prosecutor Peter Gallagher presented evidence and testimony showing both Alicea and Gonzalez 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.
Also during the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Gallagher presented evidence showing an Alicea correspondence was found in the jail by the Camden County Department of Corrections and the letter made references to both the homicide and the home invasion.
Released Thursday, June 9, 2016.