For Immediate Release
Lakeland Man Convicted of Charges Related to Armed Robbery
Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Kristian Keron Green (23, Lakeland) guilty of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, interference with interstate commerce by robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Green faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the robbery counts and a mandatory minimum of 10 years on the firearm charge, which must run consecutive to the robbery counts. His sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
Green was indicted on March 5, 2013.
According to the evidence presented at trial, early in the morning of December 4, 2010, Green and Joshua Antoin Chatmon robbed a Circle K convenience store, in Lakeland, at gunpoint. During the robbery, Chatmon held a firearm, which was discharged, striking the clerk. Green and Chatmon took $40 from the store.
On July 31, 2013, Chatmon pleaded guilty for his role in the crime. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 25, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph W. Swanson and James A. Muench.
It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Julie Leon, 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. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of life in communities where law enforcement efforts are focused.