Two men have been sentenced in the shooting death of 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek in Edgewater. On May 31, Devon Drizzt Howard, DOB: 7-29-97, was sentenced to life in prison plus 279 years. Caleb Joseph Vigil, DOB: 1-29-99, was sentenced to life in prison plus 118 years.
On April 5, 2018 Mr. Jenicek was picking up barbeque for dinner when he was approached by Caleb Vigil in the parking lot at 20th and Sheridan Blvd. Vigil attempted to rob him and shot him in the chest. Vigil had arrived as a passenger in the car driven by Devon Howard. Vigil got back in the car and Howard ran over Mr. Jenicek as they made their getaway. Mr. Jenicek died at the scene.
The two then drove to a house in Arvada. Howard knew a pregnant woman who lived there with her child. Howard fired shots into the women’s bedroom to intimidate and retaliate against her. She was a witness in another proceeding. Fortunately, the woman was not injured and the child was out of the house at the time of the shooting.
On April 6, Howard and Vigil continued their crime spree by committing an armed robbery at a mobile phone store in Lakewood, robbing customers and the clerk at gunpoint.
Howard and Vigil were tried together. On April 30, following ten days of trial, the jury found Howard w guilty of 18 counts, including First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, numerous counts of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness, and Retaliation of a Witness. Vigil was found guilty of 16 counts, including First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, numerous counts of Aggravated Robbery, and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
“Hopefully the sentencing of these two men helps the Jenicek family move forward,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “Regardless of our attempt to bring them to justice in this senseless murder, it still will not bring Andrew Jenicek back to those who loved him.”
Howard had two prior felony convictions and was sentenced as a habitual criminal. Vigil had one prior felony conviction.