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Floyd Brown found guilty of 2nd degree murder in the murder of Deputy Jacob Keltner


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A jury has found Floyd Brown not guilty of first degree homicide in the death of McHenry County Deputy Jacob Keltner in a shooting at the Extended America Hotel in Rockford, but he was convicted of second degree homicide.

Second degree homicide is defined as non-premeditated homicide.

The jury found Brown guilty of 8 counts total, including attempted homicide of a federal officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, discharge of a firearm and assault. in fact against an officer.

Prosecutors closed their case against Brown on Thursday after viewing cellphone footage recorded by Brown several weeks before the shooting.

In closing arguments, the government claimed that Brown deliberately shot the officers who came to serve him with a warrant, claiming he was capable of fighting.

In one video, Brown was proven to say “If you don’t know me now, you’ll know soon”, including “The police want to make me famous. I’m going to make their ass famous. In another, he was proved that he said, “I have so much hate for these f***********s.”

Thursday Brown took a stand in his personal protection, trying to paint himself because he underwent a “difficult upbringing”.

His protection team said Brown never intended to fire his gun and did so in the heat of the moment, saying there was no intent to kill. Lawyers said Brown was “triggered” by deputies knocking on his door and the sound of a bullet being chambered in a gun, following his previous negative experiences with police.

In rebuttal, prosecutors called Brown’s testimony “garbage”, saying he had lied and was trying to rule the jury.

Brown was wanted by US Marshals for a series of burglaries in the Bloomington space in December 2018. He was tracked to the Extended Stay America lodge in Rockford in March 2019 when he opened fire because the Marshals knocked on the door to his bedroom, killing Keltner. . Brown escaped the scene and fled south until he crashed and engaged in a showdown with the police on I-55.

On Thursday, Brown admitted to capturing on the lodge’s bedroom door.

At trial, he said he was unaware that Keltner had been killed until his arrest.

He is due to be sentenced in July.

Keltner was employed by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department in 2006. McHenry County Sheriff Bill Primm described Keltner as a hardworking and dedicated man who came from a law enforcement family.

A portion of I-90 has since been renamed in his honor.

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