Jury finds STEM shooting suspect guilty on all counts

Top Stories

DENVER (KDVR) — After deliberations began Tuesday morning, the jury charged with deciding if the STEM shooting suspect committed murder, among dozens of other charges, has come to a decision of guilty on all counts.

A jury came to a decision Tuesday afternoon in the case of one of the two suspects accused in the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May 2019.

The verdict was read at 2:15 p.m. He will be sentenced on September 17 at 1:30 p.m.

The man awaiting that decision is one of two people charged for their involvement in the shooting, which killed 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and injured several others.

“We’ll never quit missing him. We’ll never quit honoring him. And this day is justice for him,” John Castillo, Kendrick’s father, told press after the verdict.

A student wounded in the shooting spoke to media, as well.

“I can be sure that this monster, to be honest, is never going to see the light of day again. It’s just a weight off my back,” Mitchell Kraus said.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis released a statement following the verdict in the horrific STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting:

“Just over two years ago we lost a real Colorado hero who died trying to protect others. Kendrick Castillo’s bravery will never be forgotten. While we cannot bring Kendrick back, we can find solace in the fact that the people responsible for this tragic and unthinkable event will be held accountable. My heart is with John and Maria at this moment, and all of the lives Kendrick touched.”

His co-defendant pleaded guilty to the charges he faced, and testified for the prosecution in this trial.

The following counts were decided upon by the jury:

  • Murder in the first degree – two counts – GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree – GUILTY
  • Criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree – 31 counts – GUILTY
  • Second degree arson – GUILTY
  • Providing or permitting a juvenile to possess a handgun – GUILTY
  • Third degree burglary – GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit second degree arson – GUILTY
  • Theft – GUILTY
  • Possession of a weapon on school grounds – GUILTY
  • Criminal mischief – GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit criminal mischief – GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit theft – GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit third degree burglary – GUILTY
  • Interference with staff, faculty or students of educational institutions – GUILTY
  • Reckless endangerment – GUILTY

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local Stories

More Local