Rustin Chase McKinsey, a 34-year-old Beaumont man also known as “Dolla Bill,” pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 6 to discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.
Information presented in court revealed that, on Sep. 4, 2020, law enforcement officers responded to a residence on Taylor Street in Beaumont in reference to a shooting. Upon arriving at the residence, officers discovered the victim lying on the front porch with a towel wrapped around a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim’s roommate told officers he was awoken by an argument between the victim and McKinsey, and he observed McKinsey fire two shots at the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim stated he owed money to McKinsey for methamphetamine that McKinsey sold him.
Oct. 9, 2020, law enforcement officers responded again to the same residence on Taylor Street in Beaumont in reference to another shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered the same victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. A single spent .22 caliber shell casing was discovered at the scene. The victim stated that McKinsey shot him again over the same drug debt that was owed.
McKinsey was arrested and admitted to officers that he had shot the victim on both occasions over a drug debt. McKinsey was previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2017. As a convicted felon, McKinsey is prohibited by federal law of owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition. Under federal statutes, McKinsey faces up to life in federal prison at sentencing.