Lancaster Man Convicted of Criminal Homicide

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LANCASTER, PA — A Lancaster city man was convicted of criminal homicide and related charges Thursday in Lancaster County Court for murdering a man and injuring another in East Lampeter Township in the early morning of March 19, 2020.

Joshua Luciano, 22 of the 200 block of S Ann St, was found guilty on December 15, 2022, by a jury of criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, delivery of a controlled substance, and carrying a firearm without a license after approximately one hour of deliberations.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright found the defendant guilty of a severed charge of persons not to possess a firearm.

The four-day retrial followed a mistrial declared by Judge Wright in November after the jury deadlocked.

First Assistant District Attorney Todd Brown presented evidence and testimony that Luciano shot Alexander Rivera in the head and another victim in the stomach at the 1722 Motor Lodge in East Lampeter Township.

At trial, Brown argued that Luciano’s intent to kill was proven by his words and his actions.

“Luciano’s conduct was calculated and deliberate – he laid in wait, he lured them out and he fired multiple times with the intent to kill,” Brown said.

Testimony from witnesses revealed Luciano sold the victim and his friends marijuana. Luciano returned to the motel parking lot after a dispute arose over the marijuana sale and fired a .40 caliber handgun at the group while driving a blue Acura MDX.

Police interviews of witnesses and video footage showing the shooting indicated the shots came from both the driver and front passenger windows of the blue Acura.

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Further interviews revealed Luciano was staying in the 200 block of East Liberty Street, where police located him and recovered the firearms used in the shooting.  The investigation revealed that Luciano’s DNA was on the firearm that killed Rivera, as well as the steering wheel of the Acura, which was recovered in the 1000 block of North Lime Street.

Judge Wright ordered a presentence investigation and sentence will be imposed at a later date.

Co-defendant Tyler Gonzalez-Inthiphan’s case is pending.

East Lampeter Township Police Detective Christopher Jones filed charges, testified, and attended the entirety of trial.

First Deputy District Attorney Cody Wade assisted in the prosecution.

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