Kevin Bui pleads guilty after arson of a Denver home killed five people

The teenager tracked his stolen iPhone to a Denver neighborhood where he believed the device pinged and, in revenge, set fire to the house where he suspected his phone was located.

He made the wrong decision.

The 2020 fire, which police described as a coordinated arson attack, killed five Senegalese family members, including two babies. On Friday, Kevin Huy Bui, now 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the family’s deaths.

Bui was 16 when he was robbed and used the “Find my iPhone” app to falsely track his stolen phone to the wrong home, officials said. Bui and two juvenile co-defendants were all later charged as adults in the case, court records show.

As part of a plea deal, Bui faces up to 60 years in prison when he is convicted this summer for his role in the five-fold murder.

The deadly August 5, 2020 fire in Denver that killed five members of a Senegalese family, including two babies.  Kevin Bui, 20, pleaded guilty on May 17, 2024 in connection with her death.

According to a Denver Police arrest warrant, the fatal fire occurred on August 5, 2020, and killed Djibril Diol, 29, and Adja Diol, 23, and their 22-month-old daughter Khadija Diol. Hassan Diol, a 25-year-old mother, and her 7-month-old daughter Hawa Beye also died.

Three other people were able to escape from the house through a rear upstairs window. Some of them suffered broken bones, court documents show.