ROCKFORD (WREX) – The central Illinois man accused of fatally shooting a McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy attempting to serve an arrest warrant made his first appearance in court.
39-year-old Floyd Brown of Springfield is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Deputy Jacob Keltner. Keltner was shot Thursday while working on a task force trying to serve a warrant at an Extended Stay America hotel at 747 N. Brown did not enter a plea Monday.
Dozens of off-duty deputies filled the courtroom Monday for Brown’s initial appearance. Many sharing hugs and showing their support to one another.
Throughout the proceedings, Brown sat slumped in a wheel chair wearing a back brace and some bandages most likely from injuries he sustained during the incident.
A federal judge says Brown’s punishment for the crime he’s charged with could be life in prison or potentially the death penalty.
Brown is due back in court March 20th for a preliminary hearing. If a grand jury returns an indictment before that date, Brown will instead be arraigned.