Appellate court upholds conviction, 70-year-sentence in 2014 murder of former pro basketball player in Bloomingdale

Jeffrey Keller argued his initial trial was marred when the court denied his motion to suppress statements he said were only made because of a violation of his Miranda rights, according to prosecutors.

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A DuPage County appellate court upheld the conviction and sentencing of Jeffrey Keller, authorities announced April 9, 2020.

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A DuPage County appellate court upheld the first-degree murder conviction and 70-year prison sentence of a 57-year-old Hinsdale man who killed a former professional basketball player in 2014 outside his home in west suburban Bloomingdale.

Jeffrey Keller was found guilty in May 2017 of fatally shooting Nate Fox, 37, in December 2014, because he thought Fox was having an affair with a woman he was interested in, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison in August 2017.

Keller, however, argued his trial was marred when the court denied his motion to suppress statements he said were only made because of a violation of his Miranda rights, according to prosecutors. He alleged the Miranda rights were read to him in a way that minimized their importance.

The appellate court found his argument “wholly unpersuasive,” noting that Keller must have understood his Miranda rights because at one point he exercised his right to remain silent, prosecutors announced April 9.

Fox, a former Plainfield High School student, played professional basketball in Europe for 13 years after playing at Boston College and the University of Maine, according to his obituary.

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