DENVER (KDVR) — After deliberations began Tuesday morning, the jury charged with deciding if Devon Erickson committed murder, among dozens of other charges, has come to a decision of guilty on all counts.
Erickson is one of two people charged for their involvement in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May 2019. A student, Kendrick Castillo, was killed, and several others were injured.
“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.
Erickson’s co-defendant, Alec McKinney, had already pleaded guilty to the charges he faced and testified for the prosecution in this trial.
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.
Gov. Jared Polis also released a statement after the verdict.
“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,” Polis said. “My heart is with John and Maria at this moment, and all of the lives Kendrick touched.”
A sentencing hearing will be held on the afternoon of Sept. 17.
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