Frederick Man Enters Plea, Sentenced For 1st-Degree Assault

He shot a gun inside his home while he wife hid in a closet.

Frederick, Md (KM) Sentencing was handed down on Wednesday to a Frederick man arrested last year for firing a gun inside of a home.

The State’s Attorney’s Office says Kenneth Keim, 63, pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st-degree assault. Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt imposed a 25-year sentence with all but 18-months suspended. Prosecutors had asked for a 25-years prison term with eight years to serve.. Keim will also be placed on five-years supervised probation after his release.

Keim was arrested following an incident at his home on Monocacy Ford Road on January 23rd, 2023 where he fired a handgun inside the house while his wife was hiding in a closet.  Police responded to the scene, and entered the home when they heard shots fired. They confronted Keim who pointed a gun at them. He was told to drop the gun, but he didn’t, and an officer shot him.

Officers administered first aid, and Keim was taken to a trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.

As part of his sentence, Kiem is prohibited from possessing firearms. He also must undergo alcohol treatment,  abstain from alcohol and drug use, and submit to a mental health evaluation. Keim must have no contact with the victim, and cannot return to her residence.

By Kevin McManus