Dog Walker,s Killer Received A Life Sentence Without Parole

Dog Walker,s Killer Received A Life Sentence Without Parole

A man found guilty of shooting an AK-47 at a woman and her boyfriend while walking their dog received a life sentence.

On Friday, a judge added 48 years to Michael Close’s life sentence for the attempted murder of Darian Simon and gave him a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the death of 21-year-old Isabella Dallas.

On June 10, 2020, according to the prosecution, Next and the couple got into a “verbal argument” over a command they used to get their dog outside of Close’s apartment close to Coors Field.

 

Close grabbed the AK-47 from a friend who was a Denver police sergeant and yelled at the couple through the window as they told the dog to “go potty,” according to The Denver Post. Authorities claimed that he fired 24 shots.

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The jury found Close guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and two charges of first-degree assault, notwithstanding his plea of not guilty due to insanity.

Sonja Prins, Close’s public attorney, claimed at the time that Close had experienced a mental breakdown and that the COVID-19 pandemic, a run of job losses, an abusive childhood, and separation had all contributed to his poor mental state at the time of the shooting.