Kenneth Lilly sentenced to 7 years for shooting at school bus

Updated: November 15, 2019 06:06 PM

Kenneth Lilly, the man who shot a school bus driver on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis, was sentenced to seven years in prison today. He pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in August.

Last winter Lilly, 32, tried to get onto the school bus after he says the bus hit his car. There was a student on the bus and the driver wouldn't let him on.


This afternoon the state was looking for a long sentence. The prosecution said in court that Lilly was in his right mind and knew what he was doing. Because of this they believed he deserved a maximum sentence.

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But Lilly's lawyers claimed his actions are a direct result of his diagnosis of autism. And he may suffer from PTSD after being robbed in the past by knife and gunpoint, which makes his actions an imperfect self-defense.

The bus driver who was shot three times gave an impact statement. He told the judge he's lost partial use of his left hand and he's deaf in his left ear.

The father of the 8-year-old girl who was on the school bus when the shooting happened spoke during and after court. He was asked if he was happy with the sentencing.

"Yes and no. Yes because it's not the minimum, no because it was basically attempted murder," Justin Porcher said. "There's no other way to sugarcoat it. I don't understand why they took it off as a plea bargain or whatever they chose to do. No, I'm not happy with it."

Lilly's lawyers told the judge their client clearly misdiagnosed the situation and overreacted.

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