ROCKFORD — A federal judge in Rockford today sentenced an Illinois man to 55 years in federal prison for the murder of Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Jacob Keltner.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted FLOYD E. BROWN, 43, of Springfield, Illinois, of second-degree murder of a federal officer, attempt to kill other federal officers, assault of federal officers and several misdemeanors related to firearms. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly handed down the sentence after a hearing in federal court.
The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Ashley T. Johnson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, US Marshals Service, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Rockford Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomington Police Department, Loves Park Police Department, Lincoln Police Department , Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police. The government was represented by Assistant US Attorneys Talia Bucci, Scott Paccagnini and Ronald DeWald.
“Through the violent actions of Floyd Brown, the Keltner family has lost a devoted son, husband, and father, and the citizens of the Northern District of Illinois have lost a devoted public servant,” U.S. Attorney Lausch said. “Special Deputy Keltner has made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. His courage and dedication will not be forgotten. We remain committed to continuing violence against federal law enforcement officers to the fullest extent permitted. by the law. “
“Special Assistant Keltner put his life on the line every day to protect and serve his community,” said FBI Acting SAC Johnson. “Tragically, on March 7, 2019, he paid a terrible price for his dedication. We will never stop working with our law enforcement and prosecution partners to remove violent offenders from our streets and protect those who care for our communities.
Special Deputy Keltner was fatally injured on March 7, 2019, when members of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement officers attempted to execute a warrant arrest against Brown at a hotel in Rockford. Special Deputy Keltner served as McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy and was a sworn member of the task force. Brown was wanted for residential burglary.
When officers attempted to gain access to Brown’s third-floor hotel room, he fired ten shots through the door and nearby walls, narrowly missing a Deputy U.S. Marshal and two Special Deputy U.S. Marshals. Brown then jumped out of a window and fired a shot that fatally struck Special Assistant Keltner, who was covering the outside of the hotel.
Brown was arrested hours later near Lincoln, Illinois after a high-speed chase.