A jury in Colorado found Kyree Brown guilty of killing Joe and Jossline Roland, according to the 18th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. He was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and a host of other charges.
Brown is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
On Aug. 14, 2020, Joe Roland replied to an ad for a car on the app LetGo, according to prosecutors. Brown was using a fake name and advertised a stolen vehicle for sale on the app. The two agreed to meet for the purchase.
Brown drove the stolen vehicle to Southlands Mall near Aurora, Colorado, and met with the Rolands, according to prosecutors.
When Joe Roland noticed an issue with the vehicle title, Brown pulled out a gun and demanded the couple hand over the cash they brought to buy the vehicle, prosecutors said. Brown then shot five times, killing them both.
“This defendant assumed a fake identity to lure this innocent couple into his snare, pretending to be someone he wasn’t and to sell a car he didn’t own,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Garrik Storgaard said. “He callously ended two innocent lives for a few thousand dollars and his selfish actions created an unjustifiable risk to the community and displayed no regard for the value of human life.”
Brown fled the scene with $3,000 and dumped the vehicle near Havana Street, where he lit it on fire, prosecutors said.
“This cowardly act of violence leaves five children without their parents,” District Attorney John Kellner said. “I think about the back-to-school nights without their parents. The bedtime stories never read. Words just can’t describe what this killer took away. He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
Friends and family started a GoFundMe campaign after the couple’s death. It raised nearly $250,000 and the money was going to go to the couple’s children, the page noted.
“They were kind, fun, generous people,” the page read. “We have yet to meet anyone else like them and never will. They were special people who built a beautiful life and family together.”