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Suspect pleads guilty in fatal convenience store stabbing

The victim was confronted and stabbed at a Westminster convenience store, according to police.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — One of two men arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing on New Year's Day at a Westminster convenience store pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, court records show.

Deven Lamaster pleaded guilty in Adams County court and his sentencing was set for March 24.

Westminster Police (WPD) officers originally responded to the stabbing at the Circle K located at 7584 Sheridan Blvd. at 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 1 where they found family members of the victim on scene. 

Police said the victim, only identified as in his 20s, died after he was confronted by two people outside the store and then stabbed. 

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Two days later, family members of the victim called WPD and reported that the suspects were walking in the area of 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street. Officers responded and located Lamaster who was taken into custody.

Credit: Westminster Police
Deven Mykol Lamaster, 27, and Brett Philip Kalina, 27, were arrested in connection with a murder case by Westminster Police

They were able to identify Brett Kalina as a second suspect and he was eventually arrested in Decatur, Illinois.

Both men initially faced the following charges:

  • First-degree murder 
  • Second-degree murder
  • Aggravated robbery

Court proceedings against Kalina are ongoing.

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