A Collier County judge sentenced a young man to life in prison for kidnapping and shooting his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend in 2016.
Keyion Linton, 22, of Suwannee, was sentenced to life in prison on the kidnapping charge and 25 years for aggravated battery with a firearm causing great bodily harm, according to a news release from the state attorney’s office. The sentences will be served concurrently. The Naples Daily News reported.
According to court records, Linton lured a then-17-year-old from his Golden Gate home about 2 a.m. July 5, 2016, under the guise of “squashing a beef” about a girl.
Keyion Linton, then 20, snatched the teen’s phone and went through the text messages between him and the girl. Linton pulled a gun on the teen and told him to walk to a pharmacy about a mile from his home, court records state.
A car pulled up near the drugstore, and Linton forced the teen to get inside. Linton drove the teen and two other other men to an apartment complex off Airport-Pulling Road between Pine Ridge Road and Golden Gate Parkway.
Once at the Poinciana apartments, Linton forced the teen at gunpoint to walk to a nearby park.
Linton sat on a picnic table across from the teenager, laid the gun between them and said one of them was going to die, court records state.
The teenager asked, “This is all over a girl?”
Linton forced the teen, again at gunpoint, to go into a wooded area. When the teen refused and tried to swat the gun away, Linton shot him in the shoulder and back as he turned.
The car returned, this time with one man inside. The man told Linton he couldn’t leave the teen shot in the woods and he needed to be taken to a hospital, court records state. The two men got the teen into the car, and on the way to the hospital, Linton “coached” the teen on what to tell law enforcement officers.
Surveillance video from Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge shows Linton carrying the teen into the hospital. The teen was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he spent two weeks in the intensive care unit, court records state. The teen survived, according to the state attorney’s office.
Linton was found guilty in June, after a two-day trial, of kidnapping and shooting, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with a victim or witness.
In addition to the sentences on the kidnapping, shooting and aggravated battery charges, Linton will serve five years in prison on the witness tampering charge. That sentence will be served consecutively to the prior two counts.