For Immediate Release
Defendant Indicted for Attempt to Kill a Federal Officer and for Discharge and Use of a Firearm During a Federal Crime of Violence
United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division, charging Steven Maurice McKinley, also known as “Stevo,” aged 21, of Athens, Georgia, with Attempt to Kill a Federal Officer (Count One) and Discharge and Use of a Firearm during a Federal Crime of Violence (Count Two).
If convicted, McKinley faces a maximum term of incarceration of twenty years for Count One and life in prison for Count Two. By law, any term of incarceration for Count Two must be imposed consecutive to any term of incarceration for Count One. In addition, McKinley faces a maximum fine of $250,000 for each count.
The indictment is only an allegation and the accused are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This indictment stems from the intentional and unlawful shooting of an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who was engaged in his official duties on September 30, 2014, in Athens, Georgia. The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Tamara A. Jarrett and Danial E. Bennett are prosecuting the case for the government.
Inquiries regarding this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2603.