Courtroom gesture earns McHenry Co. man six-month jail term

  • Kane Kellett

    Kane Kellett

Published: 11/2/2009 10:55 AM | Updated: 11/2/2009 12:40 PM

When a McHenry County judge asked Kane E. Kellett to raise his right hand and be sworn in court Saturday morning, the Crystal Lake man raised just a finger.

The middle one.

The gesture might have felt good at the time, but the 24-year-old may be rethinking his actions Monday as he sits in the county jail, serving a six-month sentence for contempt of court.

The incident, which also included some profane language directed toward Judge G. Martin Zopp, occurred less than 12 hours after police captured Kellett in Crystal Lake on warrants for home invasion, aggravated battery and other charges.

The charges, police said Monday, stemmed from allegations he violently assaulted two people, one of them a pregnant woman, in separate attacks last month.

The charges had landed Kellett, who said in court papers that he is homeless, on the McHenry County Sheriff's Top 10 Most Wanted List before his arrest Friday night.

Kellett is accused of attacking an "obviously" pregnant acquaintance Oct. 13 in Crystal Lake, Deputy Police Chief Dennis Harris said. A criminal complaint states Kellett punched the woman in the face and kicked her in the ribs when she went down to the ground.

"There is no indication at this time the baby was injured as a result of the assault," Harris said.

The next day, police said, Kellett forced himself into an acquaintance's home in the 100 block of West Woodstock Street and assaulted a 23-year-old man with a flashlight.

"The victims and Kane Kellett knew each other," Harris said. "They traveled in the same circles."

Police arrested Kellett about 10 p.m. Friday in a parking lot in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue after the sheriff's department and U.S. Marshals Service developed information he was in the area, Harris said. At the time of the arrest, police said, Kellett had a small amount of heroin and a syringe in his possession.

If convicted of the home invasion charge, he would face six to 30 years in prison. The aggravated battery charge carries a maximum sentence of two to five years in prison.