Watertown, New York – The father of Kaylin Gillis, a 20-year-old woman who was tragically shot and killed after her boyfriend pulled into the wrong driveway, expressed his relief and gratitude for the killer’s conviction in a heartfelt Facebook post.
Kevin Monahan, the man responsible for the shooting, was found guilty of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence. The incident occurred last April when Gillis and her boyfriend, Blake Walsh, unknowingly pulled into Monahan’s driveway. Monahan, feeling threatened by the group of vehicles that included two SUVs and a motorcycle, fired two shots from his porch, with the second bullet tragically striking Gillis.
Despite Monahan’s plans to appeal the verdict, Gillis’s father Andrew expressed his appreciation for the outcome as it provided a sense of justice for his daughter. He acknowledged that while nothing could bring Kaylin back, the guilty verdict brought a small measure of solace to their grieving family.
In court, Monahan expressed remorse, stating that he felt like his soul was dead and that there was just a hole in him due to taking someone else’s life. However, his lawyer argued that Monahan did not intentionally kill Kaylin.
The tragic incident and subsequent conviction have shaken the community and raised important questions about property rights and the use of deadly force. It serves as a sobering reminder of the irreversible consequences that can result from split-second decisions in potentially threatening situations.