Man Gets 27 Years for his Role in Home Invasion, Shooting in 2018
According to a press release from the Weld Count District Attorney's Office, 20-year-old Brandon Steele was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in a home invasion robbery and shooting that took place at a Greeley home in 2018.
The incident occurred during the early morning of October 21, 2018. Dispatch initially received a call from a Greeley resident around 4 a.m., saying that a man was outside of his home screaming for help. The distressed man then got into a vehicle and drove away.
Officers were able to locate and pull over the vehicle. Upon doing so, they found a female driver, who was covered in blood. In addition, her adult son was in the passenger seat, also covered in blood and suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. Her four-year-old grandchild was in the backseat of the car.
The female told police officers that she was sleeping inside of her Greeley home, where her son and grandchild also resided. She reportedly woke up to her dog growling and saw two men in her bedroom. One of the men held a gun to her face and proceeded to punch and hit her several times. The female told detectives that she was also put into a headlock and dragged down to the basement. While she was being held downstairs, she heard scuffling, followed by a gunshot coming from upstairs.
The two men got away with a handgun, cellphones, electronics, and other household items - totaling more than $2,000.
In July 2019, Steele pleaded guilty and was convicted of 2nd Degree Kidnapping and First Degree Burglary in connection with this incident. The Weld County district court judge imposed a 17 year sentence for the kidnapping charge and a 10 year sentence for the burglary charge. The burglary charge was ordered to run consecutive to the 17 year sentence.
Steele was sentenced to 27 years on Friday, July 24, 2020. He is the fourth person to be sentenced for this crime.