DIXON – Looking wan and thin and far younger than his 19 years, Matthew A. Milby Jr., accused of the shooting May 16 at Dixon High School, sat next to his attorney Thursday morning as he entered a plea of not guilty.
Milby Jr., a senior at the school, who was scheduled to graduate with the students who appear to have been his target, is charged with three felonies involving aggravated discharge of a firearm, two of which are punishable by a mandatory 10 to 46 years in prison, the third by six to 30 years. He is in the Lee County
Jail on $2 million bond.
Whether those charges will be increased depends on the result of the ongoing investigation, and Lee County State’s Attorney Matt Klahn still is waiting for all the reports from the responding law enforcement agencies to be turned in, he said at the preliminary hearing.
A procedural hearing to set a trial date will be held Friday morning before Judge Charles T. Beckman, who is presiding over the case.
Milby Jr. allegedly took a 9 mm semi-automatic rifle to graduation practice in the Lancaster Gym shortly after 8 a.m., fired at gym teacher Andrew McKay, then took off running when confronted and pursued by school resource officer Cpl. Mark Dallas. Milby Jr. fired at Dallas outside the gym; the Dixon police officer returned fire, hitting Milby Jr. in the upper shoulder and, it was made public Thursday, the hip.
No one else was injured.