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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who was prohibited from possessing a firearm based on his previous criminal convictions, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on a federal firearms charge, Acting Untied States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


Allah Truth Kelley, 39, of Roanoke, Va., previously pled guilty to one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Today in District Court, Kelley was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.


According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley B. Neese, Kelley was arrested and charged after a woman called 911 and told police Kelley refused to leave her residence. The caller also told police that Kelley had two firearms on his person. Police officers were able to locate Kelley’s rental car, at which time they initiated a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, officers smelled marijuana, conducted a search of the vehicle and found marijuana, as well as two, loaded semi-automatic handguns inside the glove compartment.


The investigation of the case was conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and The Roanoke City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley B. Neese and Jennie L. M. Waering prosecuted the case for the United States.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 24, 2017