AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora man has been convicted of murdering the parents of five children after the couple tried to buy the suspect a car in 2020.
A jury on Wednesday found Kyree Brown, 20, guilty of murdering the couple, who responded to an online ad for a car.
This guilty verdict came nearly two years after the fatal shooting.
On August 14, 2020, 39-year-old Joseph Roland responded to an online ad for a car that was for sale on an app called Letgo. Investigators learned that Brown used a false name to advertise the car, which was stolen.
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Joe agreed to meet Brown, then 18, to buy the car.
Brown drove the stolen vehicle to Southlands Shopping Center to meet Joe and his wife, Jossline Roland, 40. When Joe expressed issues with the title of the vehicle, Brown said it was the wrong car. The Rolands followed him to his apartment complex, which was along the 11700 block of E. Cornell Circle, assuming they would buy the right one there.
It was there that Brown pointed a gun at Joe and demanded money, according to court documents. When Joe grabbed the gun, Brown shot him and accidentally shot Jossline in the process.
They are both dead.
Brown got away with about $3,000 of the Rolands’ money and dumped the stolen car around Havana Street and E. Colfax Avenue. He then set it on fire.
Investigators matched the computer records to Brown’s email address used to list the stolen vehicle on the Letgo app.
He was arrested on August 27 after a short chase near E. 29th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard in Denver.
On Wednesday, a jury found Brown guilty of:
- Second degree murder (2 counts)
- First degree murder – felony murder (2 counts)
- Aggravated theft (2 counts)
- Second degree arson
- Aggravated motor vehicle theft (3 counts)
- Criminal theft
- advertising bait
The Rolands had five children, all under the age of 19.
“This cowardly act of violence leaves five children without their parents,” District Attorney John Kellner said. “I think of back-to-school evenings without their parents. Bedtime stories never read. Words simply cannot describe what this killer took away. He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Brown will have a sentencing hearing on November 21.
. man convicted guilty murder Aurora parents five children