Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

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


News Release

March 9, 2023 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director,, 720-913-9025

Jurors Find Neshan Johnson Guilty of Murdering Pamela Cabriales

DENVER—After deliberating for one day, a Denver jury found Neshan Johnson (current age 20) guilty in the murder of 32-year old Pamela Cabriales. Ms. Cabriales was shot and killed while sitting in her car on February 20, 2021, at Colfax Avenue and I-25 in Denver. Neshan Johnson was 18-years-old at the time he and a 14-year-old juvenile were charged with her homicide.

“Pamela Cabriales’ murder was both a crime and a tragedy,” said Denver DA Beth McCann. “I thank the jury for its service and attention during this challenging trial, and I thank the members of my office who worked so long and hard to pursue this case. We will continue to pursue justice for Ms. Cabriales as we move forward with the prosecution of the juvenile we have charged in her murder.”

Neshan Johnson was found guilty of two counts of murder in second degree, one count of criminal attempt to commit manslaughter, one count of criminal attempt to commit assault, one count of vehicular eluding and one count of being an accessory to a crime.

Johnson is scheduled for Sentencing on Friday, June 30, 2023, at 1:30 in courtroom 5C. This is Denver District Court case number 21CR20003.

The male juvenile is also facing homicide and other charges and his case is currently in Juvenile Court. That juvenile is now 16 years old and his case, 21JD74 is scheduled for a Status Conference on Friday, June 30, 2023.

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