Man Accused of Shooting Deputy Makes Court Appearance

This undated booking photo released by Illinois Department of Corrections shows Floyd E. Brown.  (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)This undated booking photo released by Illinois Department of Corrections shows Floyd E. Brown. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy attempting to serve an arrest warrant has made his first court appearance.

Floyd E. Brown of Springfield is charged with first-degree murder in the death of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner. The deputy was shot Thursday at a hotel in Rockford, about 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

Brown fled after the shooting in a vehicle that crashed along an interstate about 170 miles away, sparking a standoff. He was eventually arrested on murder charges.

The 39-year-old Brown did not enter a plea Monday before Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston, who set a March 20 preliminary hearing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci sought detention for Brown. Defense attorney Paul Gaziano didn't object.

A funeral will be held Wednesday for the 35-year-old Keltner.


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