BY PETER JONES
A 37-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in prison after an Arapahoe County jury found him guilty last week of killing two unarmed men in an Aurora apartment in 2016.
Kenneth Kaminga was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder after deliberation in the shooting deaths of Aaron Williams, 35, and Javier Gaytan, 36.
District Court Judge Patricia Herron sentenced Kaminga to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder in Colorado. The sentences will be served consecutively.
“The murder of these two men was utterly senseless,” the judge said. “Those who murder should expect to lose a lifetime of liberty. I am proud of the top-shelf work of the Aurora Police Department and the Parker Police Department and the expert prosecutors who continue to selflessly serve this community.”
On May 22, 2016, Kaminga called a dispatcher to say he had shot two men in the head at an apartment complex on 13th Avenue in Aurora. Kaminga had left the scene, and officers in Parker apprehended him near the home where had been living with a friend.
Kaminga told investigators he was acquaintances with Williams, who brought Gaytan to the apartment. The men had been drinking together.
At some point, Kaminga said he became fearful the two were going to steal a gun he had recently purchased. He shot Gaytan in the back of the head and then shot Williams in the face.
“We all want to believe that people die for a reason,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Sugioka told the jury during closing arguments. “It makes us feel safer to believe that is always the case. Javier Gaytan and Aaron Williams died for no other reason than that the defendant wanted them dead. Their murders were utterly senseless.”
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