For Immediate Release
Philadelphia Man Convicted After Trial for Unlawful Possession of Firearm
This Is the Second Such Federal Conviction in Two Weeks
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Stacy Gallman, 31, of Philadelphia, PA, was convicted today at trial for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In December 2019, Philadelphia Police Officers pulled Gallman over for a traffic violation when the vehicle he was driving failed to stop at a stop sign. When they approached the vehicle, officers noticed that the passenger had a firearm in his pocket. Moments later, when the officers asked Gallman to step out of the car, they discovered a second firearm next to the driver’s seat. At the time of the incident, the defendant was a convicted felon and was not allowed by law to possess a firearm.
In an unrelated case, on June 11, 2021, Kenneth Blakeney, 29, of Philadelphia, PA, was convicted after trial, also for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The firearm in Blakeney’s possession was also discovered during a traffic stop by Philadelphia police.
“I have said many times in recent months that our Office is determined to continue doing everything we can to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia by being ‘All Hands On Deck,’” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Today’s conviction is the second in as many weeks against someone who sustained a felony conviction and then illegally possessed a firearm. Both men will now face lengthy prison sentences.”
“The possession of a firearm by a convicted felon threatens the safety of our entire community,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “Thanks to our partners at the Philadelphia Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office, this defendant is no longer in a position to harm the citizens of Philadelphia.”
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Martin.