Assault nets 29-year term


Jacob Keenan, 40, of Thomson, was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 25, to a total of 29 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following one conviction of aggravated criminal sexual assault and three additional counts of criminal sexual assault of an 18-year-old female in May 2022.

Under Illinois law, Keenan must serve 85 percent of the sentence.

Keenan, who was represented by the Carroll County public defender, also was found guilty of aggravated unlawful restraint and domestic battery.

Judge Jerry Kane imposed the sentence following a two-day bench trial Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Carroll County Circuit Court over which he presided, finding Keenan guilty on all six counts.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Aaron Kaney said in a news release, “(T)he court heard evidence from the investigators, medical personnel, and the victim of this horrific act that occurred over the course of multiple days.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Keenan also was assessed a total of $2,098 in fines and costs and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“The State’s Attorney’s office is proud of the victim in this case for her courageous testimony, the nurse that took great care in treating the victim, as well as the work that the investigators did in the Carroll County Sheriff’s office,” Kaney said in the release.

“The victim was supported throughout the court proceedings by our Victim & Witness Advocate. Without our team effort of all involved, this outcome would not have been possible.”