For Immediate Release
Bradenton Man Convicted for Illegally Possessing a Firearm
Tampa, Florida– Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that a federal jury has found Alvoid Kennon (39, Bradenton) guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 17, 2018.
Kennon was indicted on December 15, 2016.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on April 13, 2016, members of the Bradenton Police Department (BPD) were scheduled to execute a search warrant at 1106 3rd Street in Bradenton. Prior to executing the warrant, a BPD detective observed Kennon arrive at the location and park his vehicle at the residence. Kennon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license. Kennon walked away from the vehicle and headed down the street. A few minutes later, additional detectives arrived at the location and, when Kennon saw them, he attempted to flee.
After arresting Kennon on the outstanding warrant, detectives returned him to the home and recovered a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol from the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Kennon has multiple prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Bradenton Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shauna S. Hale and Charlie D. Connally.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN) — a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.