A Jefferson County jury returned its verdict against Alicia Elena Valdez, DOB: 5-25-98, in the murder of 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek in Edgewater. Valdez is the third of three codefendants charged in this case. She was found guilty of First Degree Murder – Felony Murder.
After six days of trial, the jury deliberated one day before returning its verdict on July 18, 2019. They found Valdez guilty of First Degree Murder, Attempted Aggravated Robbery, and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery. She was acquitted of counts related to a shooting that occurred in Arvada, following the murder of Mr. Jenicek, and an aggravated robbery in Lakewood the following day.
On April 5, 2018 Mr. Jenicek was picking up barbeque for dinner when he was approached in the parking lot at 20th and Sheridan Blvd. by Caleb Joseph Vigil, DOB: 1-29-99, one of the three codefendants. Vigil attempted to rob Mr. Jenicek and shot him in the chest. One of the codefendants, Devon Drizzt Howard, DOB: 7-29-97, and Alicia Valdez waited in the car. Valdez owned the car and Howard was driving. After shooting Mr. Jenicek, Vigil got back in the car and Howard ran over Mr. Jenicek as they made their getaway. Mr. Jenicek died at the scene.
The jury heard testimony that just days prior to the murder of Mr. Jenicek, the three acquired a gun and planned to use it to make money.
Howard and Vigil were tried together. On April 30, following ten days of trial, the jury found Howard guilty of 18 counts, including First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, numerous counts of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness, and Retaliation of a Witness. Vigil was found guilty of 16 counts, including First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, numerous counts of Aggravated Robbery, and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
On May 31, Howard was sentenced to life in prison plus 279 years. Vigil was sentenced to life in prison plus 118 years. Howard had two prior felony convictions and was sentenced as a habitual criminal. Vigil had one prior felony conviction.
Alicia Valdez will be sentenced on August 23, 2019. The mandatory sentence for Murder is life in prison without the possibility of parole.