Camden, N.J. – A New Castle man was sentenced on Dec. 4 for his role in a 2017 fatal home invasion in Winslow Township, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Winslow Township Police Chief George Smith.
Kwamere Benjamin, 20, of New Castle, D.E., was sentenced to 38 years subject to the No Early Release Act by the Honorable Judge Frederick J. Schuck.
Police responded to the farm on the 700 block of Bairdmore Ave. shortly before 4 a.m. on June 25, 2017, for a report of a home invasion and shooting. When officers arrived, they found Deanna Scordo, 45, of Winslow Township, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Scordo was pronounced dead shortly after.
Through a thorough investigation led by CCPO Sgt. Christopher Sarson and Det. Matthew Barber alongside Winslow Police Detectives Nick Arnold and Darren Dogostino, investigators determined Benjamin and Tyler Dralle, 23, of Vineland, were responsible for the crime.
During their six-week trial that began in November of 2019 and ended in January of 2020, Acting Assistant Prosecutor Peter Gallagher represented the state and presented witnesses as well as forensic evidence tying both Benjamin and Dralle to the crime.
Both men were found guilty of one count of Felony Murder on Jan. 23, 2020.
“The facts of this crime were particularly shocking given that the assailants committed a home invasion in the middle of the night and shot a young woman in her bed with her elderly father inside the family home. The circumstances surrounding Deanna Gordo’s death are nothing short of tragic and our hearts go out to her family. Such a horrible offense warrants a strong and lengthy sentence like this one,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Of course, this doesn’t bring Deanna back for her family, but we hope it brings some measure of justice for this heinous crime.”
Dralle is set to be sentenced at a later date.