Man accused of fatally shooting McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy appears in court

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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.

Mary Sugden

Mary Sugden

Investigative Reporter

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