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Court finds Dixon High shooter unfit for trial

March 26, 2019

DIXON – School shooter Matthew A. Milby Jr. was recently found unfit to stand trial after a re-evaluation of his psychological state prompted by another hospitalization from an eating disorder he developed across several months.

An order finding Milby unfit for trial was filed Friday following months of refusing to eat or to take medical treatment while in jail.

Forensic psychologist James “Matthew” Finn interviewed Milby Feb. 23 in his Rockford hospital room and testified at a hearing earlier this month that despite a variety of mental, emotional and physical issues, Milby was able to understand and participate in court proceedings.

Milby was recently again hospitalized, this time at KSB Hospital, and his attorney Thomas D. Murray of Dixon asked for his fitness to be reconsidered.

An evaluation from the Department of Human Services will determine where he will be placed for treatment, and his fitness to stand trial will be re-evaluated every 90 days or so.

Milby’s hospital care is costing the county north of $80,000.

Investigators say Milby, then a DHS senior, took a 9mm semi-automatic rifle to graduation practice in the Lancaster Gym the morning of May 16, fired at gym teacher Andrew McKay, whom he encountered in a hallway, and fled seconds later when confronted and pursued by Dixon PD school resource officer Mark Dallas.

Milby fired at Dallas outside the gym; Dallas returned fire, hitting Milby in the upper shoulder and hip. Milby was arrested near his car in Page Park. No one else was injured.

No motive for the shooting has been made public, nor has there been any indication who, if anyone, Milby was targeting that day.

He is charged with two counts of attempted murder and four counts involving aggravated discharge of a firearm. The charge involving Dallas carries 20 to 80 years in prison, with a potential 20-year enhancement; the other carries 6 to 30 years in prison, plus 20 years. The first two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm carry 10 to 45 years; the other two 6 to 30 years. All require him to serve at least 85 percent.

Milby also is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one of misdemeanor battery after investigators say he got into a brawl Aug. 31 with two other Lee County Jail inmates, climbed onto the back of one and tried to strangle him, and struck another. Neither of them were charged.

The felony is punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison on each count.