Man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in Broomfield homicide

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Matthew Burnett pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on March 6, 2014. (Photo: Broomfield Police)

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A man pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder in connection to a Broomfield homicide case from August.

Matthew Patrick Brunett, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday at his arraignment hearing to second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old James Clifford Fernandez of Westminster, announced 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young.

At about 6:23 a.m. Aug. 17, Broomfield police responded to a report of a man lying in a suburban street in the 2500 block of 134th Circle, said Young. The man was later identified as Fernandez.

Young said Fernandez had spent the evening at 2551 W. 134th Circle with Burnett and Carissa Koch.

An investigation revealed that there was an altercation at the residence, which police said allegedly resulted in Fernandez’s death.

Later that day, police arrested Burnett in connection with the homicide, and initially charged him with first-degree murder after deliberation.

He will be sentenced on May 23 at 10 a.m. in a Broomfield County District Court.

Koch is charged with accessory to murder after the fact and destruction of physical evidence, added Young — her trail has been set for July 21.

Young said Burnett also pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in an unrelated case.

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