Attempted murderer gets eight years in prison after NIBIN resurrects cold case

Defendant: Adrian Lomeli-Casillas
 
NIBIN Impact: If it wasn’t for NIBIN, an attempted homicide case in Denver would never have been solved. NIBIN linked the gun used in a 2014 attempted homicide to an illegal discharge in Colorado Springs nearly two years later. It was the first time NIBIN linked gun crime in the two cities.
 
Defendant pled guilty to:
  • 2nd degree assault
Image of NIBIN Denver Field Division Full Timeline from homicide to sentencing
Image of NIBIN Denver Field Division Full Timeline from homicide to sentencing
 
Sentence: 8 years
 
Case details
On Feb. 2, 2014, a man was walking alone in Denver after the Super Bowl when he was confronted by three men in a black Cadillac Escalade. After a verbal altercation, the Escalade stopped and two men exited the car. One of the men shot the pedestrian in the back causing serious injury. He was shot because the men believed he was in a rival gang. The victim had no gang affiliation. 
 
At the exact moment of the shooting, another car drove by with two people returning home from a Super Bowl party. The driver, who had remained in the vehicle, shot at them as they drove away, shattering the rear window.
 
The case went cold until Nov. 11, 2015 when Colorado Springs Police Department collected shell casings from an illegal discharge. The NIBIN machine with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation matched the casing to the Super Bowl Sunday shooting. They had no suspects, but a witness observed a black Cadillac SUV driving away from the scene. On Nov. 13, 2015, CSPD responded to a felony menacing call where a man in a black Cadillac Escalade threatened two people with a gun. Further investigation identified Adrian Lomeli-Casillas as the man who threatened the two victims.
 
On March 3, 2016, Lomeli-Casillas was arrested for felony menacing. During a search of the car, CSPD officers found a gun, which NIBIN definitively linked to the illegal discharge and Super Bowl Sunday attempted homicide.
 
Lomeli-Casillas pled guilty to 2nd degree assault, Dec. 15, 2016, in Denver, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, Feb. 23, 2017.
Last Reviewed March 31, 2017