Federal murder trial begins Monday in killing of McHenry County deputy – Shaw Local
The federal murder trial of a Springfield man accused of fatally shooting a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy on March 7, 2019, while serving a warrant at a Rockford hotel, is set to begin Monday .
Floyd E. Brown, 44, is accused of ‘unlawfully, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation’ killing Deputy Jacob Keltner while on a special task force serving a warrant in his capacity as Special Assistant to the U.S. Marshal, according to a replacement indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Northern Illinois.
Floyd is also charged with attempting to kill another Deputy U.S. Marshal and two Special U.S. Marshals and assaulting, resisting, opposing, preventing, intimidating, and interfering with Keltner and the other three Marshals while using a “lethal”. and dangerous weapon.
He also faces weapons charges, including being a felon in possession of firearms. He had two pistols and two rifles, all of which were loaded and had their serial numbers removed, according to the indictment. He used one of the rifles to shoot three marshals and kill Keltner, according to the indictment.
Federal authorities found the weapons along with a thousand cartridges and 88 shotgun shells, according to the indictment.
If convicted on any of the federal counts related to Keltner’s death, Floyd faces a maximum sentence of life or death in prison. Weapons and ammunition found would also be confiscated if convicted.
Floyd also faces first-degree murder charges in Winnebago County stemming from Keltner’s death.
Keltner, 35, married with two sons, had spent five years as a member of the Great Lakes U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and nearly 13 years with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. His sons are now in second and fourth grade at Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47.
On the day he was killed, Keltner was part of a task force serving arrest warrants for Brown at a hotel in Rockford. Warrants for Brown’s arrest had been issued by McLean, Champaign, and Sangamon counties, as well as the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The team arrived at the Extended Stay America in Rockford around 9:15 a.m. and attempted to serve Brown with the warrant for his arrest. Investigators at the time said that’s when Brown shot through the hotel door, jumped out of the third-story window shooting, when he shot Keltner. Brown fled, leading police on a high-speed chase, authorities said.
He was arrested after a several-hour standoff on the side of a downstate highway. A report from a 2011 bond hearing in Macon County said Brown had previously made remarks about shooting at police.
Keltner died around 3:30 p.m. that day, authorities said.
After learning that Keltner had been shot, his family was in disbelief, his wife, Becki Keltner, told the Northwest Herald in 2019, about five months after his death.
“He was so safe and good at his job,” she said at the time. “I just thought ‘He’ll be fine… whatever it is, he’ll be fine.'”
Blood transfusions kept Keltner alive long enough for his family to have a chance to say goodbye, his father Howard Keltner said earlier this year at the third annual blood drive held in Keltner’s memory by his wife. .
The family declined to comment ahead of the trial, which is being held at the federal courthouse in Rockford.
The trial is expected to last two to three weeks. Jury selection is due to begin Monday morning.