Keen Convicted of Capital Murder for Killing a Madison Man

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 25, 2012
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that following a three-day trial Jonathan Scott Keen was convicted of capital murder of Kerry Prisock. Keen was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In October 2011, employees with the Mississippi Department of Transportation reported to the Jackson Police Department that a van was found off of Interstate 55 in Jackson with a dead body inside. The Jackson Police Department began processing the van and determined that the victim, Kerry Prisock, had been severely beaten.

The Jackson Police Department determined that Prisock was killed in Ridgeland and that the van was stolen and driven to Jackson where it was later abandoned. The Ridgeland Police Department then began working with JPD interviewing multiple witnesses.

During their joint investigation, it was determined that Keen approached Prisock, a handy man living in his van at the Reservoir, and beat him to death during a robbery. After killing Prisock with a hammer, Keen stole the van with the victim’s body still inside of it.

After Keen was identified as a suspect in the death of Prisock his photograph was run by the local media requesting anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Keen to contact Crimestoppers. A tip soon came in and Keen was arrested hiding at a local hotel.

Following his arrest, Keen was interviewed by investigators of both the Ridgeland and Jackson Police Departments and he claimed that he had killed Prisock in self-defense. Keen also denied that he had stolen anything from the victim.

Guest stated, “Keen is both a liar and a murderer who stole money and a van from the victim. Keen struck Prisock in the head with a claw hammer more than 40 times until his death and then drove around the Jackson area buying drugs with the dead body of the victim inside of the van. Keen was high on marijuana, cocaine and alcohol at the time he killed Prisock.”

Guest added, “Prisock is a victim of a terrible crime committed by killer who had no remorse for his actions. Keen has been found guilty by a jury of his peers and will now spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of ever walking our streets again.”

Guest concluded, “This is an outstanding example of the quality work done by the Jackson Police Department and the Ridgeland Police Department. I am proud of the way these agencies worked across jurisdictional lines to solve this crime and to ultimately send a guilty man to jail for the rest of his life.”

District Attorney Michael Guest took office in January 2008, and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.

Name: Jonathan Scott Keen
Date of Birth: 12-22-82
Address: 7302 Gary Road, Byram, MS