Virginia Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charge In Connection With Armed Robbery Of Econo Lodge In Scranton
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Virginia man pleaded guilty on October 4, 2016 in United States District Court in Scranton, before United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to a firearms charge filed in connection with the armed robbery of the Econo Lodge in Scranton on February 13, 2016.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Kelvin Robinson, age 24, of Newport News, Virginia, admitted to the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Robinson was one of four individuals, including Tracy Whiting, age 24, of Newport News, Virginia, Kwa’shon Roane, age 24, of Gloucester, Virginia, and Rodney Whiting, age 23, of Scranton, who were indicted by a grand jury in March 2016 for the armed robbery of the Econo Lodge.
The charges against the remaining defendants are currently still pending.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Scranton Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office and numerous local law enforcement agencies, including the Taylor Borough and Moosic Borough Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara
This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Kelvin Robinson faces a mandatory penalty of at least seven years in prison for the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The maximum penalty under federal law is up to life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. According to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
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