Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

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


News Release

March 19, 2024 Contact: Matt Jablow, 720-913-9025

Jameel James Sentenced for I-70 Murder

DENVER – Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has announced that Judge Adam Espinosa sentenced Jameel James to 22 years in prison today for killing 31 year-old Kevin Piaskowski.  James pleaded guilty to second degree murder in September of 2023.

On July 31, 2022, James shot and killed Piaskowski after a road rage incident at I-70 and N. Quebec Street.  James was driving a stolen pickup truck at the time.  He was 17 years old.

“This was a senseless and completely unprovoked murder on one of Denver’s major highways.  Mr. Piaskowski was simply driving his car when he was shot and killed by Jameel James. Although Mr. James was young at the time, he was old enough to know what he was doing and must be held accountable for this tragic event. We agree with the judge’s sentence and hope that it sends a message to young people in Denver that the use of guns to cause injury and death will not be tolerated,” said DA McCann.

James’s arrest warrant and booking photo can be found by clicking here.

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