Florida man sentenced to prison in road rage incident

September 18, 2018

KIMBALL — A man who shot at a driver on Interstate 80 near Kimball has been sentenced to serve at least two years in prison.

In a plea agreement, Kevin S. Austin, 47, pleaded Aug. 7 to charges of second-degree assault, a Class IIA felony and attempted use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class IC felony, in Kimball County District Court in connection with the July 4 shooting. He was sentenced on Sept. 12 to one to two years imprisonment on each charge, to be served consecutively, during a sentencing hearing, with credit given for 66 days already served.

Austin had been charged in connection with a July 4 incident in which he allegedly shot a handgun during a road rage incident.

The victim in the case, Brenna Sullivan, suffered a cut on her hand and was treated at the Kimball hospital, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jesse Chavez, who was a passenger in Sullivan’s vehicle, told troopers that Sullivan had been in a construction zone behind a slow moving vehicle, described as a silver Kia Rio with a Florida plate. The vehicle was traveling at about 45 miles per hour and Sullivan was honking her horn and flashing lights at the other driver. As both vehicles exited the construction zone at about mile marker 23, Sullivan moved into the driving lane and the other driver remained in the passing lane. Sullivan began to roll her window down and made a gesture at the driver of the slow moving vehicle when her driver’s side window shattered.

The woman pulled over near the exit, noticing she had glass cuts on her hand and was bleeding. The woman observed a metal fragment in her hand that she realized was a piece of a bullet. She and Chavez also noticed a metal fragment in the driver’s side dash.

Sullivan observed the driver of the other vehicle exit at mile marker 22 and drive north before coming back south and going back on the interstate, westbound. A description of the vehicle was given to the Wyoming State Patrol and troopers stopped the vehicle, driven by a woman identified as Linda Churkoo, 39 . The woman alleged that someone in Sullivan’s vehicle had thrown some sort of drink at their vehicle and Austin fired a gunshot in return.

Troopers spoke to Austin and he was arrested. Inside the vehicle, police located a 9mm handgun and a revolver.

Austin remains jailed on a $50,000 bond. He was appointed Stacy Bach, public defender, to represent him.

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