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Kean gets 55 years in prison for double-shooting

Friday, February 1, 2013

A rural Sullivan man, formerly of Linton, received a 55-year prison sentence in Sullivan Superior Court on Friday morning in connection with a double-shooting incident in the parking lot of the Uptown Tavern at Dugger last March.

Timothy B. Kean, 35, had entered a guilty plea to two counts of attempted murder as part of a negotiated plea agreement.

Superior Court Judge Robert Springer sentenced him to 30 years in Count 1, with credit given for 300 days served in the county jail.

Kean received 25 years executed in Count 2 and five year's probation.

The sentences will be served consecutively ---- meaning he will have to complete the executed part of the Count 1 sentencing before his sentence begins on Count 2, according to a Superior Court reporter.

Kean entered a guilty plea to shooting Jasonville resident Patrick Ruff and Leighann Lovelace, of Linton.

Ruff was the most seriously injured and is now confined to a wheelchair and is unable to talk.

A third count of attempted murder was dropped by the prosecution as part of the plea agreement involving the attempting shooting of James B. Gardner, of Elnora.

Judge Springer heard testimony last Friday from Ruff's family members and on Tuesday Lovelace testified about the early morning shooting.

The judge then took the case under advisement before making his sentencing decision Friday.

A probable cause affidavit filed by Indiana State Police Det. T.C. Hanks shows the shooting happened in a gravel parking lot south of Main St. and east of Second St. -- next to the Uptown Tavern in Dugger.

Ruff and Lovelace were both shot in the tavern's parking lot.

A witness told police he was walking out of the bar about 3:30 a.m. and heard a loud bang. He then heard a second shot and saw James B. Gardner's truck windshield getting shot as he was driving down the street, according to the affidavit.

Gardner immediately jumped out of his truck and confronted Kean, the shooter.

The witness told police that Kean "raised the gun at Gardner, but the gun didn't do anything. Either because of malfunction or the shell not being ejected."

The male witness said Kean then left in his truck with Gardner following him in his truck. The two allegedly got into a fight at a residence located at 1024 South County Road 600E.

Kean will begin his Department of Correction sentence immediately.


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if u kill in sullivan county u get 8 years...{whitehead murder}&{pigg}...if u dont kill...55years....now im not saying what was done was right an anyway...it wasnt...what im saying is are system is not working fairly...

-- Posted by willam* on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 4:02 AM

I think it has more to do with the intent. If you are shooting at someone with a gun, your intent is typically to kill them. If you hit them with your fist, killing them is not usually the intended, or typical, result. As for the Whitehead case, I think the difference is that the murderer was more the victim than the guy who got shot, and therefore the court had sympathy for him.

-- Posted by 0123 on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 1:31 AM

sorry 0123,i dont beleave the whitehead case was how it got played out in court...but thats here nor there...but if u follow the money in that case...you,d probably feel diffrent too.

-- Posted by willam* on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 11:36 PM

... but the gun didn't do anything. Either because of malfunction or the shell not being ejected." FYI, The shell not being ejected IS a malfunction. Derp.

-- Posted by mp on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 4:14 AM

lulu54,,,u always miss something,,,u wasnt in the conversation...thats what u missed...the guy that shot whitehead in the head and murdered him got 8 years in prison...thats a fact of a sentence handed out in sullivan county..does that seem right to you???

-- Posted by willam* on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 12:46 AM


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