Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

February 4, 2019 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director, 720-913-9025,

Husband Sentenced to 48-Years in Prison for Killing Wife (Wilkens)

DENVER—The Denver District Attorney’s Office announces Cain Wilkens (age 45) received the maximum sentence of 48-years imprisonment for the shooting death of his wife, Clarissa Wilkens (age 30).

Wilkens shot his wife in the head during the early morning hours of January 21, 2018, following a birthday party at their residence in the 1500 block of S. Albion Street. He initially told Denver Police officers that she shot herself.

After a five-day jury trial, Wilkens was found guilty last November of murder in the second degree (F2).