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Man convicted of killing car customers

By Ed Fitzgerald September 02, 2022
Joseph and Jossline Roland were robbed and killed by Kyree Brown, after responding to an online advertisement for a used car.  Joseph and Jossline Roland were robbed and killed by Kyree Brown, after responding to an online advertisement for a used car.

A man has been convicted of killing a Colorado couple who tried to buy a car on the Letgo app.

Joseph and Jossline Roland answered the online listing for a 2017 Toyota Rav4 on Aug. 14, 2020, according to People Magazine.

The Rolands, who have five children under the age of 19, met with a man calling himself James Worthy. He was actually Kyree Brown, then 18 years old, who had stolen the car a few days previously.

Brown was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder; two counts of first-degree murder-felony murder; two counts of aggravated robbery; second-degree arson; three counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony theft; and bait advertising.

On the day of the killings, Brown drove the stolen vehicle to a mall in Aurora to meet with the Rolands. When Joe Roland questioned the car’s title, Brown pulled out a gun and demanded the couple give him the $3,000 they'd brought to purchase the car, the arrest affidavit says.

Brown fired five shots and the couple died five minutes apart from each other, authorities said. Brown fled the scene, and later abandoned the car after setting it on fire.

He was arrested Aug. 27, 2020.

Joseph and Jossline Roland.

"Investigators were able to solve this case by pulling computer records showing Brown's email address was used to list the stolen vehicle online," Chief Deputy District Attorney Garrik Storgaard said in a statement.

"This cowardly act of violence leaves five children without their parents," District Attorney John Kellner said in a statement. "I think about the back-to-school nights without their parents, the bedtime stories never read. Words just can't describe what this killer took away."

The Rolands' friend Brittany Southerland started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family. She described the couple as "kind, fun, generous people." 

"Anyone who knew Joe and Jossline would remember they were always the first to help. They were the best people you could know and their door was always open to friends and family,” Southerland wrote.

"We would like to raise money for their children. No amount of money can replace what they've lost, but maybe we can pull together and provide some financial security for them."

Storgaard said Brown "assumed a fake identity to lure this innocent couple, pretending to be someone he wasn't and to sell a car he didn't own.

"He callously ended two innocent lives for a few thousand dollars and his selfish actions created an unjustifiable risk to the community and displayed no regard for the value of human life," he said.

Brown will be sentenced Nov. 21.

People Magazine said his attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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