Keys sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison for trying to run over cops, beating girlfriend
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Tyler Keys, the man who pleaded guilty to trying to run over Brighton and Webster Police officers earlier this year, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison Wednesday.
Keys, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of second-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.
On March 22, Keys reportedly punched and kicked his girlfriend repeatedly in the stomach and pelvic region while at a Webster residence. This happened while their 18-month-old son was with them and caused him to fall. Keys then fled from Webster Police, almost hitting the vehicle of Webster Police officers who were called to the scene. Officers were able to track the vehicle to an address in Brighton at an apartment complex.
A short time later, Brighton Police spotted the car as it passed them and turned on their lights to stop it. Keys then allegedly turned his car around and sped toward the officers' patrol vehicles, causing one patrol vehicle to swerve and crash into a curb.
The officers then stopped their patrol vehicles and got out in an attempt to stop Keys' vehicle, which is when Keys then reportedly turned around and drove his car toward the two marked Brighton Police cars. One officer fired four rounds at the car, missing it completely, in an attempt to stop Keys.
He stopped his vehicle and was taken into custody a short time later.
In addition to the nine and a half year sentence for trying to hit the three officers, Keys was sentenced to 1 1/3 years for the two assault charges related to kicking his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and ramming her car with his vehicle, as well as one year for endangering the welfare of a child and one year for choking his girlfriend.
All of the sentences will run concurrently. Keys will also have five years of post-release supervision.
“Today’s sentence reflects the actions of 21 year old Tyler Keys. His behavior on March 22, 2016 demonstrates his lack of respect for law enforcement and for the well-being of others, including his unborn child,” said Assistant District Attorney Laura Vanderbrook. “Mr. Keys put his loved ones at risk and threatened the life of our police officer’s; our community does tolerate his type of behavior.”