Man pleads not guilty in father’s murder

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Orchard Park man was arraigned Friday morning, on an indictment charging him with his father’s murder. Sean P. Keenan, 21, is accused of murdering his father John Keenan on July 7th. He pleaded not guilty to charges.

Keenan allegedly beat and/or stabbed his 70-year-old father to death, before allegedly trying to escape to Canada.

News 4 learned that Sean Keenan had tried to use his father’s travel documents, possibly his passport, to cross the border at the Rainbow Bridge and had shaved back his hair in an attempt to look more like the 70-year-old man.

Sean did make it over the bridge but was detained during a secondary inspection. Agents at the border then called Orchard Park Police suggesting they check on the welfare of John Keenan, that’s when they found him dead inside his home.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says Sean Keenan tried to escape from custody at the Orchard Park Police Department, and while doing so he caused physical injury to a detective.

Keenan is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault and first-degree attempted escape. If convicted, Keenan faces a maximum prison sentence of 32 years to life. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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