A 21-year-old woman was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County District Court to life in prison for first-degree murder, the shooting of a man in Edgewater who was picking up barbecue for dinner.
After 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek was shot in the chest on April 5, 2018, by an accomplice of Valdez, he was run over by a third accomplice who was driving Valdez’s car.
Valdez was sentenced to life in prison plus 16 years, according to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. Valdez was one of three co-defendants in the case. All three are serving life sentences.
Alicia Valdez was SE today to life in prison w/o parole +16Y for her role in 2018 murder of Andrew Jenicek in @COEdgewaterPD She was convicted of murder at trial in July https://t.co/4cJ6sepXNB pic.twitter.com/7Ji5Z3SY9P
— DA Peter A. Weir (@DA1Colorado) August 23, 2019
Valdez was convicted by a jury in July of first-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Jenicek was picking up dinner when he was approached in a parking lot at West 20th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard by Caleb Joseph Vigil, now 20. Vigil, attempting to rob Jenicek, shot him in the chest.
Devon Drizzt Howard, 22, was driving Valdez’s car. As the trio fled the shooting scene together, Howard ran over Jenicek as he was down in the parking lot. He died at the scene.
In April, Howard and Vigil were tried together, both on multiple felonies. On May 31, Howard was sentenced to life in prison plus 279 years. Vigil was sentenced to life in prison plus 118 years.
Jenicek grew up in Littleton, graduated from D’Evelyn High School, and was active in several sports. He was living in Lakewood at the time of his death.
Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey, at the time of the suspects’ arrests, described the incident as a sensless act.
“This young man had so much to live for. He had a long-time girlfriend and a circle of family and friends living nearby,” Mackey said at the time. “It is a beautiful family.”