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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Appellate Court Affirms First Degree Murder Conviction and 70-year Sentence of Hinsdale Man in 2014 Bloomingdale Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction and seventy-year sentence imposed by Judge George Bakalis for the execution-style murder of thirty-seven-year-old Nathan Fox of Bloomingdale. On August 25, 2017, Judge Bakalis sentenced Jeffrey Keller, then 54 (d.o.b. 5/6/1963) formerly of Hinsdale, to seventy years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a jury trial in which the jury deliberated for approximately one hour.                
            On December 22, 2014, at approximately 9:34 p.m., officers with the Bloomingdale Police Department responded to a call of a person shot at 237 Tamarack Lane, Fox’s residence. Upon their arrival, officers found Fox suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. Fox was immediately transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. An investigation into the murder found that at some time prior to the shooting, Keller went to Fox’s home and waited outside for him to return. When Fox returned to his home, Keller approached Fox and shot him as he exited his vehicle. Following the shooting, Keller then fled the scene. On January 16, 2015, Keller appeared in Bond Court where he was ordered to be held without bond.  
              In his appeal, Keller contended that the Trial Court erred in denying his motion to suppress statements which he alleged were made as the result of a violation of his Miranda rights. Keller criticized the manner in which the Miranda warnings were delivered to him in that they were delivered to him in a way that was designed to minimize their importance. The Appellate Court found “this argument wholly unpersuasive” and that “the warnings as given by police were adequate.” The Appellate Court also noted that the “Trial Court found, ‘The understanding of his rights is further supported by the fact that at some point in the interview he exercised his right to be silent.’” Keller also alleged the Trial Court erred when it denied his motions to suppress incriminating recordings of a phone conversation which were made pursuant to a court order. The Appellate Court again found these claims “unpersuasive as well,” holding that the alleged prejudice potentially caused by these recordings was “highly speculative.”             
            “I would like to thank the Appellate Court for their comprehensive, thorough review of Mr. Keller’s arguments,” Berlin said. “His attempt to call into question the well-deserved sentence imposed upon him for the cowardly, calculated, cold-hearted murder of Nate Fox demonstrates not only the complete lack of remorse he has for murdering an innocent man, but also puts on display his absolute disregard for the rule of law and the concept of justice.”          
            Justice Hudson delivered the judgment of the court with Justice Bridges concurring. Presiding Justice Birkett specially concurred.   
            Keller’s appeal was defended by Amy Watroba of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Criminal Appeals Division.