(GoRealNewsNow.com) – In a tragic case that has gripped a rural New York town, Kevin Monahan was found guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis when Gillis and three friends mistakenly drove up Monahan’s driveway.
According to the deputy chief clerk of Washington County Supreme and County Courts, the verdict was reached after just two hours of deliberation.
Monahan, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, was convicted of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence.
The incident that led to this tragic outcome occurred on April 15, 2023, when Gillis and three friends mistakenly drove up Monahan’s driveway while trying to locate a friend’s home.
Monahan stepped onto his porch and fired two shots at the vehicle as it was turning around, one of which struck and killed Gillis.
Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy commented on the incident: “There was clearly no threat from anyone in the vehicle. There was no reason for Mr. Monahan to feel threatened.” This statement underscores the senselessness of the act that took an innocent life.
The victim’s parents, Angelique and Andrew Gillis have been left devastated by the loss of their daughter. They paid tribute to her on Facebook, describing her as a “kind, beautiful soul and a ray of light,” a sentiment that reflects the profound impact Kaylin had on those who knew her.
Monahan is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1. District Attorney Tony Jordan is seeking the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison for this grave act that ended a young life and caused immeasurable grief to her family and community.