Earlier today, after deliberating for approximately 10 minutes, a jury convicted Lloyd Brice, 29, for the September 4, 2013, killing of Curnlee Howell. Brice was convicted of first degree murder, intentional discharge of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on September 4, 2013, Brice and Howell were among dozens of people gathered in the area of Tenth and Ophir Streets. After a dispute arose among people standing in the area of a dice game, Brice fired a handgun multiple times in Howell's direction. Howell suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower body that ultimately led to his death several weeks later.
In August 2017, Brice was indicted for Howell's murder by a grand jury and a warrant was issued. In September, he was apprehended by the Marshals task force in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before he was brought back to Stockton to face his murder charge, Brice was transported to Reno, Nevada on a probation revocation stemming from a drug trafficking conviction he had previously suffered there. After being sentenced on his probation revocation, he was returned to San Joaquin County in April 2018. Jury selection in the trial began on June 19, and closing arguments concluded this morning.
Brice is scheduled to be sentenced on September 24, 2018, where he faces a sentence of 53 years to life in state prison.