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Kenosha County Eye

17-Year-Old Felon Charged With Attempted Murder For Shooting At Kenosha Police Officers

Leonatay L. Lowery (17) of Kenosha
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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.

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Leonatay L. Lowery (17) of Kenosha
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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.


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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.”

Kenosha County Deputy District Attorney Carli McNeil (D)
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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.

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“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 Circuit Commissioner Kelly Heckel
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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

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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.

Leonatay L. Lowery (17) of Kenosha
Photo Kenosha Sheriff


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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60 Responses

  1. The problem that the “black community” has isn’t racism, it’s cultural. The culture of victim mentality. The culture of no self accountability. The culture of glorifying criminallity. The first thing his momma goes to is that it wasn’t fair, the way the police popped out of the car like that. Got that? It’s the police who were in the wrong. Maybe try raising your child to have self accountability and to realise that they are responsible for their own outcomes. Momma will spend the next several years visiting her little Leonatay in prison, telling him what a victim he is. She will tell anyone who will listen to her baby got locked up because the police were unfair and because the system is racist.

    1. Poor kid probably thought he was just trying to murder random people in cars, not police…….I wish the defense would request and release his school transcripts and discipline to show “how nice” he is, and how he was destined to be a surgeon or astronaut……… This person was in school with all of the non murserous kids in our community… so did he bring his gun to school daily, or did he keep it in his safe just to shoot random people?
      I’m sure if we asked Kamala Harris she’s proud of him too…

      1. You are correct. As she did for the “peaceful rioters” who burned cities nationwide a couple of years ago, Kamala “Cackles the Clown” Harris would have donated to a fund to post this miscreant’s bail.

    2. These are good observations.

      Take it a step further though if you will. Everyone knows there is a problem but nobody knows why.

      Who controls the culture that produces these criminals that are taught to hate whites and police? They control the music industry, MTV, Hollywood, most media, the school
      curriculum, etc.

      Hint: It’s the same people that owned the slave ships that brought Africans to America.

      Hint: Kanye is right although he is part of the act.


    4. leontay is the sweetest person. yall know him as a “criminal” who shot at a unknown unlicensed car following him, in the world we live in how could you not be scared and not think your about to die with an UNKNOWN and UNLICENSED car following you? i know him as the person whod give someone his last of anythingto someone if he could. we are all just humans and young and bound to make mistakes if you didnt know him on a personal level just dont put your imput its so simple.

      1. What “world” do you live in bri? I live in Kenosha, WI. Who are the residents of this world? Just wondering, bri.. Would you support police shooting at someone because they had tint and no license plates, like the sweetest person you know? ( Residents would love an answer). Do the other people in your world feel that is justified? I will agree with you, he seems like a “giving person”; he tried to give his last bullets to a stranger..
        Maybe the mayor can put up some signs all around this “world”, so nobody accidentally drives in there with tint, or no license plate. What would the crest be on the signs?

  2. First thing you do, is give you your kid the goofiest name possible and then it’s not your fault when they turn out bad.

    1. First of all that not even how you spell his name and nun of y’all know anything you just sit on your ass and believe everything you see on your phones

    2. first of all his name isn’t even spelled right on here and his name is not goofy get the fuck off this status when you dont know shit wtf.


      1. 1st off. Your caps lock don’t take away from him being a 17 year old felon with a gun. But keep justifying your loser son. Loser

    4. please don’t play wit me let’s not forget you wanna be known as “anonymous” wtf does his name got to do wit anything you sound slow asf how bout you shut tf up and go sit down somewhere when you know the full story then you can talk thanks

      1. 1st off wtf does he’s name got to do with anything? Well first off your loser of a son is 17 with a prior felony shooting a gun. Maybe spend more time being a role model then a loser.

    5. Let’s not forget you wanna be known as “anonymous” what does his name have anything to do wit the situation??? You sound dumb asf

  3. Want to know what’s wrong with our society? Read Kenosha PDs post and the losers supporting a 17 year old. Complete losers in that city y’all live in

  4. His mama be right- nobody should get out a car near anyones son…. When peeple get out a car by me I shoot at dem immediately….
    I’ve shot at least twelf UPS drivers dis monff… day popped out day truck….by the li’bary…
    Jus to be clear- anyone getting out of a car in Kenosha should “plan on being shot at”? Beautiful culture u have going on over in that area….I hope it expands to my neighborhood…

  5. Daddy program material with the DA’s office. 250k, that’s it? Give this new inductee an eye bond, and a Parkside scholarship.

  6. Y’all are so ignorant and never think anything through you don’t even think to look deeper into a situation before you try and speak on it that car had no license plate and followed them for blocks and was acting suspicious you don’t think that maybe he could of been scared for his life. And that’s why they ran and then the car was speeding after them before they had done anything wrong I bet if you thought you were going to die you would’ve shot at a all black car with no license plates. And this is exactly why his mamma didn’t want him on the news so stupid people like y’all couldn’t talk about her baby boy he is a minor the fuck he shouldn’t have been tried as an adult anyway

    1. I guess if I were a known gang member like Leontay who shoots at people frequently, I may think some rival gang members may see me and seek revenge for me shooting them or their friends. So he was worried that other black youth were in that car and we’re going to randomly shoot at him? Or was he worried because people with no front license plates shoot at people?
      Is Leontay Lowery a bad person, or he considered good/normal in black culture? Please answer yes or no.
      If you say he’s a good person, you need to see this problem in the culture and hopefully self reflect and change that acceptance. Every American should look down on people who are violent, who shoot at people in the streets, and be outspoken about it. Anyone who embraces that lifestyle is perpetuating that lifestyle of violence, non achievement, and criminality. The choice is yours, and every Americans.
      School is free
      Buses to school are free
      Breakfast and lunch are free
      Housing is subsidized (for low income)
      Heating and electric is subsidized.
      Putting in effort at school is free
      Not shooting people is free

    2. So “normal society” also just shoots multiple times at cars with no license plates? It is this just acceptable to the violent black culture? If police stated “they were scared” and opened fire on a car with no license plate of which your child was a passenger……bet you’d be making a different statement. Your culture would violently burn YOUR OWN neighborhood down again. Identify the real problem, fix the real problem. No matter color or gender every person is capable of being productive for society. Stop the excuses.

      1. These 3 boys weren’t in a car, they were walking. Read the article!!

        And where did the kid get the gun? The owner of the gun should face charges too! And of course he says he messed up his life…that’s only because he got caught. I’m sure he wasn’t thinking of the consequences when he was shooting. Stupid kid!

        1. Probably was thinking of the same consequences that happened during all his behavior issues at school. NOTHING. Schools rarely suspend blacks anymore because of the numbers game. White and Hispanics get suspended or kicked out of school for the same things that the Blacks are lightly reprimanded for. Talk about privilege! KUSD is top notch though….keep telling this kids a 20% will pass them through school and keep allowing them to believe they are not the problem. You guys are preparing them well!

    3. Why weren’t they in school? Why has nobody asked that question?? Because these guys didn’t care. They have no intention of receiving an education, or putting any effort into basic achievements to support themselves legally. Race has nothing to do with this, it’s Ghetto culture . Surrounding adults have taught them that this is acceptable. It isn’t. I want every American student to study, learn, and be employable and self sufficient. Why is that seen as nearly impossible to some? Those basics are attainable to every person that makes a little effort. I worked all through high school, as did my children. EVERY able bodied American can get a job quickly and easily now. Every business has help wanted signs. The person responsible for your failure or success is right in the mirror…..

      1. He does go to school and is in my kids class at tremper. My kid said he was always quiet and polite. That being said, there’s no reason a 17 yr old should have a gun. It’s a sad situation for all involved. This kid ruined his life

        I hope that rather being in a single cell at KCJ that he’s moved to a juvenile holding facility where he can hopefully finish his HS work.

        1. He was already charged with a felony prior to this incident. So quit with the he was a quiet boy. Maybe his parents should of dealt with him and who he hangs out with at his first felony

      2. He wasn’t in school, because KUSD closed all the schools due to the weather reports. Don’t you watch or read the news?

          1. And if you had read the post you were replying to, it’s specifically asked why he wasn’t in school which obviously would mean at the time of the shooting, not at any random date in his life. I go to Menards, but that’s not the correct answer if you find me there at 3:00 a.m. with a gun and I’m 17 yo.?

    4. Don’t worry ma’am…..with all these effective points being brought up you STILL have the “ya’ll racist” card to play! You can do it, type it……… know it’s coming because there is no other response you can have other than acceptance of the true circumstance. OR RACISM!!!! Of course RACISM!!!

    5. You are a fucken clown. You’re literally justifying a 17 year old having a gun and just shooting it. Let me guess. He’s your grown. FOH. C

    6. If you don’t want to be tried as an adult then you shouldn’t be doing adult things like carrying a handgun which has a legal requirement of being 21 years of age in the hopes that you won’t be stupid enough to shoot at cars when you don’t even know who you are shooting at. Lots of states don’t require a front plate, I guess we should all arm ourselves with multiple Warhead missiles just in case every car from Illinois that’s missing a front plate is carrying gangbangers hunting down innocent little children who just happen to be carrying guns and shooting first.

  7. Another brother gone bad ! I’m suprised that Gravely took this case and did not kick it to one of his Socalist buddies in Walworth or Racine . Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause!
    So if I understand it , it is acceptable behavior on the part of our model citizen to fire at police without cause? It accepted that our good will ambassador with lengthy police record is carrying a concealed weapon . I’m sure he was standing on that corner with a Red Kettle and ringing his bell !
    And am I to understand that the new rule of self defense shooting is to run from the scene ditch your weapon in a trash can and avaid police until hunted down and captured. Truly the actions of a innocent man . In regards to the officer who returned fire he needs more range time in order to save the taxpayers expense moving forward.

  8. 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.”

    Hmm wonder how he ended up shooting at the police, seems like he has a GREAT mom and probably no dad

  9. I feel sorry for the kid….he probably never had a chance with shitty parents (mom has possession of cocaine conviction and kids with 2 different guys) and probably an absent father.

    Kids like this never stand a chance…..they learn it from their shitty ass parents. Looks like the dad died a year or two ago according to CCAP.

    1. Agreed he probably had a shitty upbringing, so did I. But I have ZERO felony arrests and don’t shoot at people. I saw a shitty situation and wanted no part of it so I improved myself with resource that’s were available. I’m successful and contribute to society at least. Blacks have overwhelming support at school between special teachers, interventionists, diversion helpers, counselors and case workers—some of this are exclusively for BLACKS ONLY. However they still cannot overcome their violent culture. Black leaders need to stand up and voice the real problem and stop with the excuses. Or, this never gets better. Schools are the same way, the Black education gap has had little to no closure in the last 35years and the funding to “solve” this issue is overwhelming. More funding won’t help if you are not identifying the real problem.

  10. To be clear:

    In Wisconsin when you commit a crime and you are 17 years old YOU ARE CONSIDERED AN ADULT and charged and tried as such.

    This is for EVERYONE. It is the law and has been the law for decades.

    Leona Tay is NOT being treated differently, NOT being treated UNFAIRLY and has NOT been waived to adult court.

    He committed a crime and is 17. HE IS AN ADULT in the eyes of the WI Justice System; just like everyone else in that same position of committing any crime at 17yoa.

  11. So, the taxpayers will be feeding and housing this creature for decades ……..
    …… and that’s the best-case scenario …….. unbelievable.

  12. The fact his family and friends are justifying him having a gun at 17 and already having a prior felony tell you all you need to know. Hopefully charged on all accounts and he spends life in jail.

    1. He will have the last laugh when he is the professor at UW Parkside teaching your children about white privilege, and the criminal justice syatem…

  13. No Doubt Hueytae Deweytae and Louietae along with little sister Laborioustae will be joining him eventually. Let’s face it, a society who tries to defend a 17-year-old and his peeps hopping through other peoples yards and alleys while armed, shooting at people before ascertaining who they are, and who knows what that they’ve never been caught for, is a doomed society.

      1. One of his family members shared a post on Facebook and commented they were hiring the best lawyer and will beat this charge like last time. Amazing parents to help a felon beat charges and allow him to commit more. Go Kenosha moms!!

        1. That’s fantastic news, if they hire him an expensive lawyer it means Kenosha taxpayers won’t end up paying for his lawyer.

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