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Man pleads guilty, gets shorter sentence after appealing conviction

Brandon Karr was initially sentenced to 26 years but will now serve about eight years under the plea deal.

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A man who was supposed to serve 26 years in prison after a 2017 conviction will serve less time after he was granted a new trial and then pleaded guilty.

Brandon Karr was initially arrested in 2016 after a shooting in the 4500 block of Sheridan Boulevard on Aug. 7 in Adams County. When deputies responded to that area early that morning they found two people dead and four others injured.

On May 8, 2017, Karr was convicted in Adams County District Court on the following 12 counts and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

  • Second-degree murder - heat of passion
  • Nine counts attempted first-degree murder
  • Two counts assault

Karr was accused of firing from a vehicle into a crowd as he and a group of friends drove away after a confrontation at a mobile home park. Edgar Munoz, 30, was killed as a result, according to the Adams County coroner's office.

Last year, an appeals court set aside Karr's conviction. According to a spokesman for the district attorney's office, the decision was based upon inadequate jury instructions related to a self-defense theory in the case.

He had a new trial set for January but pleaded guilty instead to manslaughter and assault charges, court records show. Karr was sentenced to eight years for each count but will serve that time concurrently. He was also given credit for nearly a year of time he's already served.

Rojelio Heredia was also arrested in connection with the same shooting. Investigators said Heredia had fired at Karr's vehicle, hitting and killing Karr's cousin, 22-year-old Dustin Karr, according to an Associated Press report.

Court records show Heredia was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree murder on April 7, 2017. Other counts were dismissed.

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