Former Florida Ice Cream Truck Driver Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2010 Double Murder

Florida man and former ice cream truck driver Michael Keetley was convicted of murdering two men and injuring four others in a 2010 Thanksgiving Day shooting in Ruskin, Florida. Keetley was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.

The mandatory sentence ended what Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella acknowledged had been an unusually long and complex case.

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“But it has finally come to an end,” Sabella said. “What it has shown to the victims, in this case, is justice is not always swift, but justice is eventually served.”

The victims, Juan Guitron, 28, and Serio Guitron, 22, were shot to death outside their house in Ruskin, according to NBC News, and in March, Keetley was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the brothers.

Sergio_Guitran & Juan Guitran 2010

According to the Tampa Bay Times. Keetley was also convicted of the attempted murder of four other men.

Early on Thanksgiving morning in 2010, the victims sat on the front porch of a home on Ocean Mist Court in Ruskin.

While sitting outside enjoying the holiday, a man pulled up in a dark-colored minivan. The driver got out, wearing a shirt that read “Sheriff” and carrying what the victims described as a pump action shotgun or rifle.

The gunman (Keetley) asked for “Creeper,” a neighbor some of them knew but who lived a few houses away. He demanded they show their identification, kneel, then began executing them.

As the victims lay bleeding, the gunman returned to his van and drove off.

Prosecutors claimed Keetley wanted revenge after being robbed and shot while selling ice cream in 2009. WFLA reported that Keetley targeted the victims by accident.

Keetley believed that the man responsible for shooting him had the nickname “Creeper,” Prosecutors said that Keetley was hunting to find “Creeper” that night in November 2010.

Ice Cream Truck Murderer Michael Keetley Van

Prosecutors claimed that Keetley killed the two men and injured the four others. The problem was that none of them had anything to do with the robbery, and none of them were nicknamed “Creeper.”

Keetley’s defense said that the men who survived identified the wrong person.

Keetley was left disabled physically after his 2009 shooting and was reportedly frustrated with police over identifying whoever attacked him, so Keetley conducted his own investigation to find out who shot him.

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Judge Christopher Sabella said that Keetley’s trial was one of the longest murder trials in Hillsborough County due to multiple factors, including the last trial had a hung jury, Keetley’s defense attorney ended up becoming a judge, another defense attorney had died, a new defense attorney team took over, and the coronavirus pandemic delayed proceedings.

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