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Former Florida ice cream man sentenced to life in prison for mistaken identity, revenge killings

A former Florida ice cream man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday morning for the murders of two men in Ruskin, Florida, nearly 13 years ago in a case of revenge and mistaken identity. 

A Hillsborough County jury found Michael Keetley, 52, guilty on two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder in late March for a Thanksgiving Day 2010 shooting in which he targeted a group of men playing cards outside of a home, according to FOX 13

Keetley had sought revenge after he was robbed and shot in the hand while working as an ice cream man nearly a year earlier, prosecutors said, adding that the men who were shot had nothing to do with the robbery. 

Brothers Sergio Guitron and Juan Guitron were killed in the shooting, and four other men were seriously wounded. 

During cross-examination, however, one of the prosecutors demonstrated that it would be difficult but possible.

Michael Keetley

Michael Keetley’s ice cream truck.  (FOX 13)

Keetley faced trial on the same charges in 2020, but a mistrial was declared because of a hung jury. 

Keetley has 30 days to appeal, according to FOX 13.  

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