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Sean Keenan indicted on murder charge in death of father

Sean P. Keenan, arraigned Friday on a murder charge in the fatal beating and stabbing of his father last week in their Orchard Park home, also has been charged with second-degree assault and first-degree attempted escape for fighting with police and trying to flee when they arrested him.

The indictment accuses Keenan, 21, of murdering his 70-year-old father, John P. Keenan, by beating and stabbing him on July 7 during a fight in their home on Hillsboro Drive.

During the fight, Sean Keenan allegedly picked up an end table and began striking his father before stabbing and killing him, law enforcement officials said at the time of his arrest. The cause of the fight has not been disclosed.

The indictment also alleges that when police took him into custody later that day, he tried to escape and fought with police, injuring Detective Lt. Patrick McMaster.

Keenan pleaded not guilty to all three charges at his arraignment before Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka who ordered him remanded to the Erie County Holding Center without bail.

He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 22 for further proceedings. His attorney, Kevin W. Spitler, declined to comment following the arraignment.

Keenan faces a maximum prison sentence of 32 years to life if convicted of all the charges, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Police found the victim’s body in his home about 9:30 a.m. July 7 after they received a call from authorities at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls to check on his welfare.

Canadian officials had stopped a young man who was acting strangely that morning. He had disguised himself to look older by dressing in a suit, shaving back his hairline to make it appear receding and using his father’s passport to cross the border.

When Canadian bridge inspectors asked Keenan how his father was doing, he indicated not so well, leading authorities to call Orchard Park police.


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