A debt owned by 24-year-old Kaid Dunlap brought about his death on April 27, 2021.
Dunlap owed Guillermo Pinuelas money, a debt Pinuelas was determined to see paid. Pinuelas visited Dunlap at his apartment in Northglenn the night before his death asking for payment.
Dunlap was unable to settle the debt. Pinuelas returned the following night, once again asking for payment. Dunlap once again was unable to settle the debt, according to a news release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
After returning the second night and still not receiving a payment, Pinuelas shot Dunlap 13 times on the balcony of the apartment, the news release states.
"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," according to the news release.
Pinuelas was arrested in his apartment a day later. Authorities discovered Pinuelas had disposed of the murder weapon, attempted to bleach his car and wash his clothes.
Pinuelas plead guilty to Second-Degree Murder with a sentence enhancer of crime of violence on June 7. On Monday, he was sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections.
"This was a horrific and senseless 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."