A 17-year-old man named Leonatay Lowery is in the Kenosha County Jail holding on a quarter of a million dollars after appearing in court today. Leonatay was charged today with attempted first degree intentional homicide, two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent. Leonatay faces 110 years in the Wisconsin Prison system if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, three Kenosha Police Officers were surveilling a group of three individuals near 67th st and 23rd ave that were known to police. One of them was acting suspiciously, like he had a gun in his coat. The Officer in the back of the police car was ready to jump out and give chase, but just as he did, Leonatay got in a shooting stance and fired a handgun 5 times at the police car. The officer in the back then shot three times towards Lowery. Lowery threw his gun an a trash can and ran from the scene. Two different KPD officers later found and arrested Lowery. Theses two officers also found Lowery’s gun in the trash.
Detectives interviewed Lowery who said at first, that police shot at him for no reason. When confronted with the evidence, he started crying and later admitted he shot at police. He said “I screwed up my life.”
In court today for the DA’s office was Deputy District Attorney Carli McNeil (D). She asked for a $250,000 cash bond saying that Lowery was facing extraordinarily serious charges and shot at police 5 times, which was very dangerous. She told the court that he had previously been found guilty of theft in 2019 and felony operating a vehicle without owner’s consent in 2021.
“This defendant is not interested in following court orders,” said McNeil, noting that he was in possession of a firearm when ordered by the previous courts not to.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Kelly Heckel said that the charges were “very serious. These three officers could have lost their lives. An extremely high cash bond is necessary.” At that she set Lowery’s bail at $250,000
Lowery’s mother pleaded for us not to post her son’s photo saying that “he is only 17 years old.” She said that what the police did by “popping out the car like that wasn’t fair.”
He is due in court again on 12/29/2022 at 9:30 am for a preliminary hearing.