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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2012

Robert E. O'Neill, United States Attorney

Contact: William Daniels
(813) 274-6388

Eight-Time Convicted Armed Robber Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell sentenced Kenneth Harris (42, Orlando) today to life in federal prison, plus 57 consecutive years, for three armed robberies, three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. A federal jury found him guilty of the crimes in February 2012. Harris had previously been convicted of five armed robberies in Orange County, Florida.

According to evidence presented at trial, on four separate occasions in 2009, Harris robbed a GameStop retail store in Orlando. During each robbery, he brandished a firearm while workers and customers were present in the store. Surveillance video showed that during one robbery, on the day after Thanksgiving, Harris brandished a firearm while small children were in the crowded store. During another robbery, Harris shot a worker after being told that the safe had a ten minute delay. Harris waited the ten minutes for the safe to open and then demanded that the injured worker fill shopping bags with items and money. As a result of the robberies, the store was forced to permanently close.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Orange County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher LaForgia.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice's "Project Safe Neighborhoods" program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill, along with Virginia O'Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.