Man charged in connection to shooting of bus driver in Minneapolis pleads not guilty

Kenneth Lilly Photo: Hennepin County
Kenneth Lilly

July 05, 2019 06:41 PM

The man who authorities say shot a bus driver after a minor collision in February pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to a KSTP reporter in the courtroom. 

According to court records, 31-year-old Kenneth Lilly faces one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault. His trial will begin Sept. 23.


The reporter in the courtroom said prosecutors offered him a deal, allowing him to plead to first-degree assault for a sentence between 74 to 103 months.

According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis police officers were called to a shooting on Feb. 26 on Interstate 35W near Chicago Avenue. 

The complaint said the bus driver was trying to merge onto the interstate in inclement weather when the bus scraped Lilly's vehicle.

Colonel Matt Langer with Minnesota State Patrol said, "There was some type of vehicle incident, and some time elapsed, and then this incident occurred."

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According to the complaint, Lilly stopped his car in the lane of traffic and walked toward the bus. Lilly approached the passenger door of the bus and attempted to get on.

The driver told Lilly he could not get on because a child was onboard. 

The complaint said video showed Lilly walking toward the front of the bus when the bus appeared to slowly pull into traffic. 

The complaint goes on to say Lilly then pulled out a pistol and fired five shots at the windshield of the bus. 

After firing the shots, Lilly called 911. 

The complaint said the school bus driver suffered a wound to his left arm and a graze wound on his head.

The complaint said Lilly was in a security guard uniform when the shooting happened.

The 8-year-old girl on the school bus when the shooting happened was not physically injured.

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