Man Sentenced For Brutal Assault and Robbery of Trucker in Rest Stop Bathroom
Lomira, WI – A Milwaukee man was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison for brutally assaulting and robbing a trucker at a Wisconsin wayside in September 2017.
Keenan Brown, 25, was convicted in June of this year of two felony counts of robbery with the use of force and substantial battery.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced for his crimes.
The incident occurred on September 4, 2017 in Lomira, at the rest area on Interstate 41 southbound.
The truck driver — who’s name was not released, but was identified as a 55-year-old male from Titusville, PA — entered the rest area “between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.” to use the bathroom, court documents state.
The trucker told police he had picked up a load of paper rolls in Appleton and was transporting them to Remington, IN when he stopped at the wayside off I-41 to rest.
It was then the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said two men jumped the stall and brutally assaulted the trucker, striking him numerous times in the head.
The two assailants also robbed the truck driver of his wallet, cell phone, and approximately $90 before fleeing.
They left the trucker unconscious in the bathroom.
The trucker suffered a fractured jaw, head lacerations, and brain hemorrhaging.
Two of his teeth were also found on the bathroom floor, according to Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg.
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DCSO put out a call to the public to help with any information that could potentially lead to the arrest of the two men.
A breakthrough in the case came when a local resident found the trucker’s wallet in a ditch.
Police were able to match DNA found on the wallet to Brown, who was in the system for another robbery by force incident that took place in Milwaukee in 2016.
They also found Brown’s DNA on the trucker’s clothing.
Brown, who was on parole at the time of the incident, denied any involvement.
He provided DNA swabs for additional DNA testing which ultimately confirmed his involvement in the wayside attack.
Klomberg said he is satisfied with the court’s decision and said brutal crimes such as these should be met with stern sentences.
Brown is currently serving time in prison and the new eight year sentence will be added onto the time he is already serving.
He is not expected to be released until 2029 at which time he will be placed on extended supervision for five years.
Brown’s accomplice to the attack was not identified in court records.
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