Thornton man convicted of first-degree murder in killing that followed argument over dog

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 10:01:13-04

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Thornton man charged in the fatal shooting his neighbor during an argument over how the victim disciplined his dog was found guilty Monday.

Michael Kourosh Sadeghi, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dustin Schmidt, 42.

An Adams County jury deliberated for two hours before finding Sadeghi guilty.

On March 27, 2018, Thornton police were dispatched to 4625 E. 106th Drive on a report of shots fired and found Schmidt shot dead in his back yard.

The shooting took place after a German-shepherd mix dog belonging to Schmidt’s girlfriend jumped their back fence into the Sadeghi’s yard.

The girlfriend said an argument erupted after Schmidt swatted the dog for jumping the fence. She said Sadeghi pulled a gun out and "shot Dustin in the back of the head five times," then "walked back to his house as though nothing happened.”

Sadeghi will be back in court on June 24 for sentencing.