Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:28

Motorist Sentenced to 26 Years for Shooting FedEx Driver

April 13, 2017 – A motorist who opened fire on a FedEx truck driver in traffic in 2014 was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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.