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Press Release-Floyd Brown Charges


Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

March 27th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Springfield, Illinois man has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the murder of a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy earlier this month.

 Floyd Brown Mug

On March 7th, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to 747 North Bell School Road for a call to assist U.S. Marshals in reference to a report of shots fired. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force was attempting to arrest Floyd E. Brown (5/16/1979) on several outstanding warrants. A McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy, sworn as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Marshal’s Task Force, was struck by gunfire outside the hotel. Deputy Jacob Keltner was transported to a hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced deceased.

Brown fled the area in a vehicle. Troopers from the Illinois State Police later located the suspect vehicle southbound on Interstate 55 between Bloomington and Springfield in Logan County. When troopers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, it crashed and the suspect was later taken into custody by Illinois State Police.

The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and Brown was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury. He faces a 75 count Bill of Indictment that includes charges of First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Armed Habitual Criminal, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon, Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, and Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card. The no bond warrant on the state charges remains in effect.

   Since the victim, Deputy Keltner, was working as a Special Task Force Officer for the U.S. Marshall’s Service, federal charges have also been filed against the defendant. State charges are separate and independent of federal charges. Each sovereign has jurisdiction to prosecute under their respective laws. The prosecutions will run parallel to each other. 

Brown is currently in federal custody, and scheduled to appear before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly, Judge of the United States District Court in room 5100 at the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse, 327 Church Street, Rockford, Illinois on March 28th, 2019 at 3:00 pm.  Brown’s future appearance in Winnebago County Court will be coordinated with Federal Prosecutors.

 

First Degree Murder (of a peace officer) is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of mandatory Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Attempt First Degree Murder ( of a  is a  peace officer ) is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-80 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Battery with a Firearm is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Armed Habitual Criminal is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

 Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon is a Class 2 that is punishable by a sentence of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Unlawful Restraint is a Class 3_Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

 

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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