Second Judical District
201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202
April 20, 2018 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025
Four Sentenced in Marijuana Robbery Scheme/Murder (Binns, Arellano, Fay)
NEWS RELEASE –
April 20, 2018
Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025
ALL FOUR INDICTED IN MARIJUANA
ROBBERY SCHEME/MURDER SENTENCED TO PRISON
All four persons indicted by a Denver Grand Jury in May 2017 in connection with a planned robbery of a marijuana seller that resulted in the murder of the seller and attempted murder of another were sentenced today in Denver District Court.
Joshua Scott Binns (dob: 01-05-1984) pleaded guilty in March to 2nd degree murder (F2) and to a crime of violence (sentence enhancer) and was sentenced to 48 years in prison.
Co-defendants Seth Michael Binns (dob: 06-08-1993) and Ryan Arellano (dob: 06-05-1992) each pleaded guilty in February to aggravated robbery (F3). Seth Binns was sentenced to 32 years in prison and Arellano was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Co-defendant Mackenzie Fay (dob: 01-20-1994) pleaded guilty last November to aggravated robbery (F3) and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
In November 2016 the four defendants conspired to rob 50-year-old Charles Polzin of a large amount of marijuana that he wanted to sell. On November 8, 2016, Charles Polzin, his son and his son’s girlfriend drove from Loveland to Denver to meet Joshua Binns to conclude the marijuana sale. At the arranged time and place of the sale Joshua Binns shot both Charles Polzin and his son, killing Polzin senior and seriously wounding the son.