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Deputy injured as felon tries to bolt courtroom

Updated: January 2, 2013 6:10AM

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was injured after he helped prevent a Zion man from escaping a courtroom after he bolted when a jury convicted him of two drug charges.

Keevan Fullwiley, 35, was found guilty of possession to deliver a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver on Thursday. After the verdict was read, Judge Christopher Stride ordered the defendant to be remanded into custody, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sara Balmes said Friday.

Fullwiley jumped from his chair and attacked the deputy in his attempt to flee. The deputy, whose name was not released, was struck in the face.

Fullwiley continued to fight even as deputies took him to the ground, Balmes said.

A deputy deployed his Taser and Fullwiley was subdued.

Charges are pending and will be reviewed by Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Balmes said.

The injured deputy suffered a serious laceration to his right elbow. The deputy also experienced shoulder, neck and back pain.

He was transported to Vista East Medical Center, Waukegan, where he was X-rayed and received two suture staples.

Zion police found 135.8 grams of cocaine when they executed a search warrant at Fullwiley’s Zion residence Sept. 3, 2010, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Turk. A Zion detective testified that this amount of cocaine has a street value of $7,000 to $8,000, Turk said.

Police also found 304.6 grams of marijuana, which has a street value of about $1,000, Turk said.

Fullwiley’s trial started Monday. The jury spent less than an hour deliberating before they convicted him of both counts, Turk said. Fullwiley faces nine to 80 years in prison, Turk said. He is due back in court Dec. 19 for status.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled. He is in custody at Lake County Jail. His bond was revoked after he was convicted.

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