Colorado Teen Faces 60 Years For Killing Family of Five in Fire Over Stolen iPhone

The 20-year-old and his two friends set the blaze mistakenly thinking his stolen iPhone was in the home.

iPhone partially out of its box, showing its camera module
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iPhone partially out of its box, showing its camera module

Four years after a 16-year-old Colorado teen set fire to a home where he thought his stolen iPhone was located, Kevin Huy Bui is facing up to 60 years in prison, USA Today reports.

After being robbed, Bui and his two friends, Dillon Siebert and Gavin Seymour thought they tracked Bui’s iPhone to the correct house using the Find My iPhone app. He believed his device had pinged at the home of a Senegalese family, but he had the wrong house. On Aug. 5, 2020, Bui and his friends sought revenge by setting the home ablaze while an entire family was inside.


Un joven de Colorado enfrenta hasta 60 años de prisión por matar a una familia de cinco personas al incendiar la casa equivocada en una venganza por su iPhone robado.

Kevin Bui, de 20 años, se declaró culpable de prender fuego a una casa en Denver en agosto de…

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The fire left five dead, including 29-year-old Djibril Diol, 23-year-old Adja Diol, and their 22-month-old daughter, Khadija. The couple’s relative, 25-year-old Hassan Diol, also perished in the fire, as did her 7-month-old daughter, Hawa Beye. Three other people escaped the blaze by jumping through an upstairs window, suffering from broken bones.

A young Colorado man faces up to 60 years in prison for k*lling an innocent family, including two babies and three adults, after he set fire to the wrong house in an attempt to get revenge for his stolen iPhone.

Kevin Bui, who was 16 years old at the time, pleaded guilty last…

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Surveillance footage shows Bui and his two friends in face masks and hoodies as they set the home on fire. They were arrested five months after the incident.

Bui pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection to the deaths and will receive his sentence on July 2. Siebert, who is 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention and seven years in state prison last year. Seymour, who is 19, also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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