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Man found guilty of murder, attempted murder in 2018 Thornton bar shooting

Posted: 7:31 AM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 09:31:07-05
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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A 38-year-old was convicted Tuesday in connection to a fatal shooting at a Thornton bar in 2018.

Gary Lynn Wideman was convicted of first-degree murder after deliberation with extreme indifference, five counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree assault.

On Aug. 11, 2018, Wideman was kicked out of Extra Point Bar, at 4050 E. 100th Avenue in Thornton during a brawl. He went outside to his vehicle, got his gun and returned to the bar.

According to surveillance video, he fired multiple shots into the kitchen of the bar as patrons fled for their lives. Brenda Lee Martinez, 37, was killed in the shooting. Three others were wounded, but survived.

“The defendant claims self-defense, but when he returned to the bar, his family had left,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Mason said during closing arguments. “He didn’t go into the bar to protect; he went back into the bar to confront. When he points that gun, it’s pointed at anyone who passes across his path. He shot into a kitchen full of people, killing a truly innocent person, Brenda Martinez, and wounding three other people.”

His sentencing is set for Feb. 7, 2020.