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Man accused of killing girlfriend pleads guilty

Dakota Chinnock was charged with first-degree murder in the September 2021 killing inside an Aurora apartment.

AURORA, Colo. — A man who was charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend at an Aurora apartment complex last September pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, court records show.

Just before 8 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2021, officers from the Aurora Police Department (APD) were called to a report of an injured person at the City Center Station apartments on Carson Court, near the intersection of Mississippi Avenue and Sable Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old woman with physical trauma. She died on the scene, according to police. 

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Police also found and detained Dakota Chinnock inside the apartment. He was the victim's boyfriend, according to police.

Credit: Aurora Police Department

He was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty on Monday to several lesser charges. They include:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Kidnapping

Chinnock also pleaded guilty to a crime of violence count which a sentence enhancer. 

He's now set for sentencing on May 27.

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