DENVER — A man convicted by a jury for the murder of a 29-year-old man whose body was found in a burning apartment above a bagel shop was sentenced this week, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Brian Pattison, 31, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder conviction and another 24 years for the first-degree arson conviction.
Pattison shot and killed 29-year-old Shane Richardson sometime between April 30 and May 2, 2016, then set fire to Richardson’s home in the 700 block of East 26th Avenue, the district attorney’s office said.
The apartment and fire were above Rosenberg’s Bagel and Deli shop. The victim’s body was discovered after firefighters extinguished the fire.
Pattison, a tattooist from Colorado Springs, went to the victim’s apartment for a tattoo party to finish a tattoo he had started.
The motive for the crime is still unknown.
According to arrest records, Pattison has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2005, including charges of dangerous drug possession, burglary, speeding 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit, escaping a felony conviction and carrying a concealed weapon.
Rosenberg’s Bagels and Deli shop, a popular fixture in the Five Points neighborhood, reopened five months after it was severely damaged.