Jailed as teen, now jailed at 32
BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
A Lancaster city man convicted here of killing two men as a teenager 15 years ago is back behind bars.
This time, police allege, they found Lino Andres Alicea in possession of a stolen handgun -- and bundles of crack -- in a hospital parking lot over the weekend.
In 1997, Alicea was charged with firing at least 13 shots during a melee on South Queen Street that left the two men dead and others wounded.
Alicea, then 16, eventually pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 21-w to 10 years in state prison, court records show. He previously testified as a commonwealth witness, newspaper archives show.
That felony conviction prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
However, officers searched Alicea's Mercury sport-utility vehicle Saturday night after a shooting incident and found a Glock handgun, reported stolen in the city last year.
Officers also found 15 packets of crack stored in a cookie jar inside the vehicle, an arrest affidavit shows.
Alicea, now 32, is at Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail.
District Judge Janice Jimenez arraigned Alicea on Tuesday evening on four felony counts: receiving stolen property, intent to deliver cocaine and two gun crimes.
Alicea apparently had been living at the same address where he was staying 15 years ago: in the 600 block of South Lime Street, the affidavit shows.
A Lancaster County Drug Task Force detective describes the latest incident this way in the affidavit:
Alicea had driven a friend, who had been shot, to a local hospital.
Alicea dropped off the friend at the emergency room, then parked his SUV in a hospital lot.
Investigating officers took a statement from Alicea and eventually seized and searched his Mercury Mountaineer.
In a storage pocket behind the driver's seat they found a loaded 40-caliber Glock that had been reported stolen last October.
They opened a cookie jar in a cup holder by a back seat and found 15 packets of crack. A digital scale also was found under a rear seat.
Alicea's criminal record includes the voluntary manslaughter conviction and a felony assault by a prisoner conviction while he was locked up in 1998, the affidavit shows.
Also, Alicea was convicted as a 14-year-old in 1995 of robbing a student at Wheatland Middle School, court records show. He served about a year at juvenile detention centers.
Regarding the South Queen Street shooting, witnesses reported that Alicea opened fire from inside a home to protect friends who were being attacked on the street by masked men.
"I know I shot 13 times," Alicea would later testify at a preliminary hearing.
Another man testified that Alicea saved his life by firing shots.
Alicea, under a plea agreement, admitted to voluntary manslaughter in that he fired shots with an unreasonable belief that a killing would be justified.