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Colorado Man Sentenced to Life in Prison on Murder Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Denver, Colorado, man convicted of First Degree Premeditated Murder, First Degree Felony Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Assault, Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, and Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on February 18, 2022, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Adan Corona, a/k/a “Ace Boogie,” age 35, was sentenced to life in federal prison for the murder and an additional ten years on the firearm charge, to run consecutively, and ordered to pay a $500 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Corona was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 22, 2017, and was convicted of the charges by a federal jury following a two-week long trial in Rapid City, South Dakota, in September 2021. 

The conviction stems from the October 16, 2016, shooting death of Vincent Von Brewer III in front of the SuAnne Big Crow Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  Corona, along with Francisco Villanueva, shot Brewer 15 times with an assault rifle and a 9mm handgun, as Brewer attempted to flee from the defendants.  Villanueva was previously sentenced on November 5, 2021, to two consecutive life sentences in federal prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations, and the Denver and Aurora, Colorado, Police Departments.  The investigation was also supported by numerous other state and federal law enforcement agencies. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Collins and Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.          

Corona was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated February 22, 2022

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