Camden, N.J. – A Vineland man was sentenced on Dec. 18 for his involvement in the fatal shooting of a woman during a home invasion at a blueberry farm, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Winslow Township Police Chief George Smith.
Tyler Dralle, 23, of Vineland, was given an aggregate sentence of 40 years Subject to the No Early Release Act by the Honorable Judge Frederick J. Schuck.
During the early morning hours of June 25, 2017, police responded to the 700 block of Bairdmore Ave. in Winslow Township for a report of a woman shot during a home invasion. When officers arrived, they found Deanna Scordo, 45, of Winslow Township, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Scordo was pronounced dead shortly after.
CCPO Sgt. Christopher Sarson and Det. Matthew Barber investigated the case alongside Winslow Police Detectives Nick Arnold and Darren Dogostino. Evidence led the investigators to Dralle and his codefendant, Kwamere Benjamn, 20, of New Castle, D.E.
Dralle and Benjamin were both found guilty of one count of Felony Murder on Jan. 23, 2020 following a six-week trial led by Acting Assistant Prosecutor Peter Gallagher.
“We all expect to be safe in our own homes, especially when we go to sleep at night. Deanna Scordo went to bed that night not knowing she would suffer such a horrific fate at the hands of these two defendants,” said Mayer. “This case really stood out to our office because it is everyone’s worst nightmare – having the safety and sanctity of one’s own home violated in such a despicable way. While we know it will never bring Deanna back, we hope to honor her memory and deliver some measure of justice to her family by holding these two men responsible for taking her life.”
Benjamin was sentenced to 38 years in prison subject to the No Early Release Act on Dec. 4.