Ringleader Pleads in Case of Revenge Deaths

(RightWing.org) – Five members of a Denver family, including three adults and two children, perished after three teenagers set fire to their home in August 2020. Dillon Siebert pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in late 2022 and received three years in juvenile detention and seven in state prison. His accomplice, Gavin Seymour, received 40 years in prison after pleading guilty this January. They were 14 and 16, respectively, at the time of the arson. The final arsonist recently had his day in court where he also pleaded guilty.

On May 17, the group’s alleged ringleader, Kevin Bui, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder for his role in the 2020 arson. He faces up to 60 years imprisonment under the plea agreement his attorney reached with prosecutors. The maximum sentence is 48 years, but under the deal, he could get up to 30 years for each count.

Bui was 16 years old at the time of the deadly fire. The victims included 29-year-old Djibril Diol, his wife Adja, 23, and their two-year-old daughter. Diol’s 25-year-old sister, Hassan, and her infant, Hawa Beye, also died in the blaze. Three other residents survived but suffered broken bones when they jumped from a second-story window.

Prior testimony in the case indicated that Bui and his accomplices believed people who stole his iPhone lived in the home after he used an app to track the stolen device to the Denver neighborhood. The teenagers broke into the wrong house, poured gasoline onto the walls, and torched the home.

A Denver police officer reported hearing someone attempting to open the house’s front door from the inside when he arrived at the scene. Officer Gordon King kicked in the door, but the fire’s extreme heat forced him to back away. Local media outlets reported that firefighters unsuccessfully tried to rescue the family. Investigators later found the victims’ bodies lying together on the first floor of the two-story house.

The judge overseeing the case scheduled Bui’s sentencing hearing for July 2.

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