Defendant Keith Austin was convicted in December of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He was sentenced Wednesday by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2014, at East Holmes Road and Malone Road in southeast Memphis.
Edwin Ray, a driver for FedEx, said an unknown man in a van drove by him in an aggressive manner and made hand gestures in his direction. The two drivers reached a stop sign and as Ray began pulling off he heard a loud bang and noticed that he had been shot in the leg.
The victim said the driver of the van then pulled away at a high rate of speed. A witness said the van driver had gotten out and fired an assault rifle into the driver side door of the FedEx truck.
A witness got a license tag number on the van which led police to Austin. Ray later identified Austin in a photo spread.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jose Leon of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which prosecutes repeat felony offenders and seeks maximum sentencing under the law.