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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Virginia Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Armed Robbery Of Econo Lodge In Scranton

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Kelvin Robinson, age 25, of Newport News, Virginia was sentenced by United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to serve 7 years in prison for the armed robbery of the Econo Lodge in Scranton on February 13, 2016.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Robinson, previously pleaded guilty 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.  Tracy Whiting, Rodney Whiting and Kwa’shon Roane also entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing. 

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 was 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.           

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Violent Crime
Updated December 29, 2016