Florida ice cream man found guilty in double revenge homicide of two brothers

Ex Florida An ice cream truck driver was found guilty Tuesday of killing two brothers in a revenge killing more than a decade ago.

Michael Keightley, 53, was convicted of two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder after he allegedly sought revenge for wrongfully shooting six men who were playing cards and drinking beer on the front porch of a home in Ruskin, Florida on Thanksgiving Day 2010.

Michael Keightley listens to attorneys during his trial for a double murder in Tampa.

Michael Keightley listens to attorneys during his trial for a double murder in Tampa. (Fox 13)

Sergio Guitron and Juan Guitron died in the shooting.

Prosecutors say he was seeking revenge for an incident 11 months ago when investigators say Keatley was beaten, shot in the hand and shoulder, and mugged while working from his blue truck.

After the accident, Keatley became what he claims to be Obsessed with revenge.

During Keatley’s trial, the surgeon who treated Keatley’s shot-shattered hand and shoulder said the injuries would have made it difficult for him to use a firearm.

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Dr David Halpern said the shooting damaged a nerve in Keatley’s arm, which controls movement of the hands and fingers.

“Without the radial nerve functioning properly, would Mr. Keightley have any ability to extend the fingers of his right hand?” asked Keatley’s lawyer.

“no.” Halpern replied.

“Any ability to extend the thumb on his right hand,” Keightley’s lawyer asked.

“No,” Halpern said.

“Any ability to extend the wrist?” asked his lawyer.

Again, the answer was “no”.

Michael Keightley's Ice Cream Truck.

Michael Keightley’s Ice Cream Truck. (Fox 13)

Dr. Halpern explained to prosecutors that it would be difficult for Keatley to operate a gun because of his plane severe injuries And that gun positioning takes both hands to work.

“Well, because putting a gun or carrying a gun is a two-handed event where you have to hold the gun with one hand and raise it with the other.” Halpern said. “It’s actually quite challenging. It takes a lot of strength and coordination.”

During cross-examination by the state, Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Johnson used a water bottle to prove that it may be difficult, but not impossible.

“But if the water bottle is pulled out, and the fingers are moved out of the way and placed in his hand, can he catch it?” Johnson asked.

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“Yes,” said Dr. Halpern.

Johnson: “Can he keep holding it?”

Dr.. Halpern: Yes.

Johnson: “He can hold it between his thumb and all his fingers in a Grab my bend position.?”

Dr.. Halpern: Yes.

Johnson: “He actually has this strength, though diminished, in his right hand to hold something that is put there.”

“It does,” Halpern replied.

Dr. David Halpern, who treated Michael Keightley after he was shot and robbed while serving ice cream, testified in a double trial Thursday.

Dr. David Halpern, who treated Michael Keightley after he was shot and robbed while serving ice cream, testified in a double trial Thursday. (Fox 13)

The jury also heard from Keatley’s sister-in-law. Jacqueline Burgess says he saw Keatley and his parents for Thanksgiving dinner at her son and daughter-in-law’s home around noon.

She said she had never seen Keatley use his right hand, and that his mother had to cut his food off from him.

After the testimonies, the judge asked Keatley if he intended to testify in his own defense. Keatley told him no.

Despite the testimonies of Halpern and Burgess, Keatley was found guilty and charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of the two brothers – and attempted murder By Daniel Beltran, Gonzalo Guevara, Ramon Galan Jr. and Richard Cantu.

He was also found guilty of all counts of attempted murder.

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Keightley faces life in prison without parole. The judge set the date for the verdict to be pronounced on May 26 at 9 am

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