Man Convicted of Murder After Car Makes Wrong Turn in Driveway

( – A New York jury recently convicted a man in the shooting death of a woman after her boyfriend made a wrong turn. The panel deliberated for less than an hour, although the trial took two weeks. Here’s a quick summary of the events leading up to the tragic end of her life.

On April 17, 2023, the Washington County, New York Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) issued a press release detailing the arrest of 65-year-old Kevin Monahan for second-degree murder. Two days before, deputies responded to a call about a woman who had possibly been shot. They discovered that Kaylin Gillis, 20, had been hit while sitting in the front passenger seat of a car being driven by her boyfriend.

A preliminary investigation determined that Gillis’ boyfriend had mistakenly pulled into Monahan’s driveway, and Monahan fired at least two shots. One of those shots struck Gillis in the neck.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived at Monahan’s home, he refused to cooperate or leave the residence to speak with investigators, telling them it was late and he wanted to go back to sleep. After an indeterminate period, officers from the Special Operations Response Team assigned to a nearby New York State Police barracks took Monahan into custody without further incident. He later claimed that hunters must have shot Gillis.

However, Mohahan completely changed his story during his trial. He claimed he left the residence after hearing the car coming up his driveway. He said he fired a warning shot at the car, thinking the occupants were a roving group of marauders. He also purported that afterward, he tripped on some nails sticking out of his wooden porch and dropped his shotgun, causing it to fire the fatal round.

Second-degree murder is classified as an A-I felony in New York. A conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum period of incarceration of up to 25 years. It remains unclear when the court scheduled Monahan’s sentencing hearing.

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