LAWRENCEVILLE — Keith D. McKinney, 57, of Lawrenceville, is awaiting an Aug. 15 appellate brief by the Illinois District 5 Appellate Court following appeal of his 2017 conviction of an attempted first degree murder charge.
The charges stemmed from a Feb. 22, 2016 incident which McKinney shot a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kyle Gilmore during a traffic stop. McKinney hit Gilmore in the chest with his first shot, but Gilmore was wearing a bullet-proof vest, which doctors say saved his life.
Gilmore shot back at McKinney in self defense, shooting McKinney in the leg.
A jury took less than two hours to deliberate before convicting McKinney on Oct. 27, 2017 of a Class X Felony of First Degree Attempted Murder charge and a Class 3 Felony of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon charge. McKinney was sentenced to 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and three years mandatory supervised release after he completes his sentence. He received 614 days credit for time already served.
The notice of appeal was filed on Nov. 13, 2017. A representative from the Illinois District 5 Appellate Court confirmed the expected appellate briefing due on Aug 15.