17th Judicial DA

Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Fatally Shooting Man 13 Times in Northglenn

August 4, 2022

Brighton, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the 40-year Department of Corrections sentence for Guillermo Pinuelas, 23, following his guilty plea to Second-Degree Murder on June 7, 2022. 

On April 27, 2021, Guillermo Pinuelas went to the home of 24-year-old Kaid Dunlap to collect on a debt. Dunlap did not have the money at the time, so Pineulas returned the next night. Dunlap still did not have the money, so Pinuelas shot Dunlap 13 times on the balcony of his apartment.

Dunlap's brother held him in his arms as he bled and died. Bullets penetrated the doors and walls of the apartment. Dunlap's brother, sister-in-law, and their child were in the home at the time of the shooting. 

Pinuelas was arrested in his apartment the next day after disposing of the murder weapon and attempting to bleach his car and wash his clothes.  

On June 7, 2022, Pineulas pleaded guilty in Adams County District Court to the following charge: 
  • Second-Degree Murder (F2)
  • Sentence Enhancer: Crime of Violence
On August 1, 2022, an Adams County District Court Judge sentenced Pinuelas to 40 years in the Department of Corrections. 

"This was a horrific and seneless crime," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "13 shots into an occupied apartment, a cold-blooded murder, a young life lost, a family forever altered. For what? To settle a perceived score? It's truly outrageous. This kind of violence will be met with thorough investigation and swift prosecution, as it was here. I'm grateful to the Northglenn Police Department and my team at the District Attorney's Office for their work securing this conviction and sentence."

Deputy District Attorney Joseph Vandeven and Senior Lead Deputy District Attorney Christopher Rhamey led the prosecution of this case. 

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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.

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