Denver teenager charged as adult for allegedly murdering 16-year-old girl: district attorney

Denver teenager charged as adult for allegedly murdering 16-year-old girl: district attorney

A Denver, Colorado, teenager was charged on Monday with the murder of a 16-year-old girl, and according to the district attorney, he will be charged as an adult.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced in a press release that her office filed criminal charges against Brandon Louis Sandoval, who was 17 years old when he allegedly killed 16-year-old Aaliyah Cortez.

Brandon Sandoval Arrest Photo
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced charges against Brandon Sandoval this week, who allegedly shot and killed a 16-year-old girl on Jan. 11, 2023.

Police responded to reports of a shooting on N. Peoria Street on Jan. 11, 2023, and when they arrived, they found the victim sitting in the passenger seat of a car and suffering from a gunshot wound.

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Fox station KDVR in Denver reported that according to the arrest affidavit, Cortez was sitting in the car with her sister, who wanted to sell THC vape pens to a friend of a friend whom she never met.

The affidavit added that although the sister had never met the buyer, she had his Snapchat.

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The sister was given the address of the location to meet the buyer, and when they arrived in the neighborhood, they got lost and started driving slowly near a park.

Police Caution Tape Crime Scene
FILE- Police caution tape at a crime scene.

As the two slowed, KDVR reported, a teenage boy approached the vehicle, pointed a gun at the sister’s head, and the sister threw the THC cartridges out of the car.

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The affidavit also said the sister started to drive away from the teenage boy and Cortez started hitting him to let go of the car frame. Then, the suspect fired his gun and struck Cortez.

The sister identified Sandoval as the suspect, once he was in custody, KDVR reported.

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Sandoval was charged with first-degree murder, felony menacing and possession of a handgun as a minor.