Matthew Milby brought gun to graduation practice, was shot by resource officer
DIXON – A man shot and wounded after firing shots at Dixon High School’s graduation practice Wednesday later was charged with three felonies in Lee County court.
Senior Matthew Milby, 19, is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated discharge at a school employee and aggravated discharge at a school building, each punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
Bond has not yet been set, nor has a hearing. That may happen Thursday, depending on his injuries.
Milby’s mother admitted to local TV stations that her son was the shooter, and said he had been caught smoking marijuana while on the football team and subsequently “ostracized.”
“There’s no justification for what he’s done, and he will take full responsibility for that,” Julie Milby told WTVO Channel 17 in Rockford. “Thank God they didn’t kill him. Thank God he didn’t kill anyone.”
But, “The kid’s been real sad for a long time. His kindness got taken for weakness,” she said.