Boyfriend of driveway shooting victim sues Monahans over emotional distress

Boyfriend of Kaylin Gillis sues Monahan for emotional distress

Boyfriend of Kaylin Gillis sues Monahan for emotional distress

The boyfriend of the woman shot and killed by Kevin Monahan in his Washington County driveway is suing over emotional distress.

Blake Walsh has filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court of Washington County against Monahan and his wife Jinx. Walsh was driving one of the vehicles that had gotten lost and turned around in Monahan’s driveway in Hebron on April 15. Walsh’s girlfriend, Kaylin Gillis, was riding in the passenger seat.

Monahan, 66, fired two bullets from a 20-gauge shotgun. One of the bullets struck and killed Gillis. 

Monahan is serving a sentence of up to life in prison at Elmira Correctional Facility, after being found guilty of second-degree, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence at trial.

Walsh’s attorney, Peter Scagnelli, wrote in 10-page lawsuit that Monahan’s driveway was a dirt road and not marked. There had been previous occasions where people had used the driveway to turn around.

Scagnelli said that Jinx Monahan knew that her husband “easily became emotionally distraught and agitated in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to, when uninvited motorists would erroneously enter the Monahan property and/or driveway to turn around.”

Scagnelli said that Gillis was bleeding in the vehicle and caused Walsh “to become emotionally distraught and in fear of the life of Ms. Gillis, as well as his own and others in the vehicle.”

Jinx Monahan was “negligent, careless and reckless” by allowing firearms to be unsecured and readily available to her husband, according to the lawsuit.

Walsh is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

This is the second civil case against the Monahans. Gillis’ father, Andrew Gillis, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The Monahan’s attorney agreed last week not to sell or transfer any assets while the civil lawsuit is still pending. The Gillis family was concerned that Monahan would spend down the assets on the appeal.