Former Florida ice cream truck driver who murdered two brothers and injured four, sentenced to life in prison
A Florida ice cream truck driver who was furious after shooting five times and stealing $12 from him was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for killing two brothers he wrongly believed were behind the attack.
Michael Keetley, 52, shot and killed Juan Guitron, 28, and Sergio Guitron, 22, on Thanksgiving Day 2010 while they were standing on the porch of a house in Ruskin, Florida. Four others were injured.
However, it was later revealed that the Guitron brothers had nothing to do with the January 2010 attack on Keetley, in which he was left permanently disabled and had metal bars stuck in his bones.
Keetley’s defense attorneys argued that he could not have physically carried out the eviction because of his injuries.
Michael Keetley, 52, is pictured in court at the sentencing hearing on Friday
Victims Juan Guitron, 28, and Sergio Guitron, 22, of Ruskin, Fla
Keetley was seen at an initial hearing over 10 years ago. The ice cream man is pictured in January 2011: he was convicted on Friday for the November 2010 murders
They said the injuries to his hands made it impossible for him to pull the trigger.
“This is our defense — Michael Keetley is not guilty because he didn’t do it,” said John Grant, Keetley’s attorney.
He told the jury, ‘Michael Keetley didn’t do it, he couldn’t do it.’ He’s not medically fit.’
Keetley’s attorneys also condemned the investigation into the shooting, which they described as “nothing short of a nightmare.”
His first trial of 2020 ended in a mistrial, but his second trial ended in March with a guilty verdict.
“It was a very long road and a very difficult case,” said Judge Christopher Sabella at the sentencing.
“What shows the victims in this case is that justice is not always swift, but justice is eventually served.”
The jury heard that a man wearing a “Sheriff” t-shirt arrived at the Ruskin home in a minivan and got out with a shotgun.
The Ruskin, Florida home where the Guitron brothers were murdered in November 2010
Keetley drove this ice cream truck. In January 2010, he was attacked in the truck and shot five times for $12: Because he was disabled, he wanted revenge
Keetley is seen with his lawyers on Friday. They argued that he was physically unable to pull the gun’s trigger
Paz Quezada, the mother of the Guitron brothers, is seen in court on Friday
Paz Quezada hugs a supporter Friday after Keetley’s sentencing
He asked for someone nicknamed “Creeper” who wasn’t there but was known to the group.
Keetley believed that “Creeper” was responsible for the ice cream truck shooting. It later turned out that he had nothing to do with it.
Keetley then ordered everyone to lie down on the floor. according to Fox News.
The men thought Keetley was a member of law enforcement and he shot them dead one by one.
Paz Quezada, the Guitron brothers’ mother, addressed Keetley directly during the sentencing hearing: NBC News reported.
She told him that it “took half my life” and “broke my heart.”
“My sons were the only thing I had,” she said. “I loved her with all my heart.”
Gonzalo Guevara, who survived the shooting, wore a T-shirt with a photo of the Guitron brothers as he spoke in court.
“He caused so much suffering to everyone involved,” he said.
“You hurt so many people,” Guevara said directly to Keetley.
“We know what you did that night and you know what you did that night.”
Keetley’s lawyers have said they will appeal.