LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Quintez Brown, the 22-year-old activist accused of shooting at Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg and his staff in February 2022, will remain in prison until his federal trial.
What You Need To Know
- The man accused of trying to kill Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg will remain in prison until his trial
- Attorneys for 22-year-old Quintez Brown were pushing for his release to home incarceration based on mental health needs
- Brown faces federal charges of “interfering with a federally protected right, and using and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence by shooting at and attempting to kill a candidate for elective office"
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that due to the seriousness of the crimes of which Brown is accused, he cannot be granted release to home incarceration.
Brown faces federal charges of “interfering with a federally protected right, and using and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence by shooting at and attempting to kill a candidate for elective office.”
At a detainment hearing on April 15, prosecutors alleged that Brown wanted to kill candidate Craig Greenberg to prevent him from winning the upcoming mayoral election, citing Brown’s internet search history, text messages and online posts around the time of the February shooting.
They also accused Brown of visiting the politician’s home the day before the attack but leaving after the gun he brought with him jammed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Gregory insisted that if released, Brown posed a risk of fleeing and could be a danger to the community.
Brown’s attorneys pointed to the fact that Brown had been on home incarceration for weeks without any issues before his federal arrest. They also asked the judge to consider the impact of Brown’s mental health treatment since the incident.
District Judge Benjamin Beaton concluded Brown is "both a flight risk and poses a continuing risk to victims in this case and the public at large" and that he'll have to remain in federal custody until the trial.
Court records unsealed last week revealed evidence that Brown not only sought Greenberg's address, but he also searched for the address and information on another mayoral candidate: Jeffersontown Mayor and Republican Bill Dieruf.
The full slate of internet search records span from shortly after midnight on Feb. 9 to 10:12 a.m. on Feb. 14, just minutes before the shooting took place. Brown looked up details on how to load a magazine and “safety on glock 17” prior to the shooting, while earlier records show him looking up details on guns and gun shops, along with specific details about Greenberg’s address, staff and family.
Before the incident, 22-year-old Brown was known to the community as a social justice activist who was running as an independent for Louisville’s metro council.