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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 9, 2023

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis felon has been sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm as an armed career criminal, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on October 30, 2022, the Brooklyn Center Police Department located a vehicle that had previously been used to flee from law enforcement. Three people were inside the vehicle, including Kevin Ronnell Lynch, 55, who was seated alone in the backseat. During a pat down search of the driver, the officers observed Lynch moving around inside the vehicle. The officers removed Lynch from the vehicle and recovered a loaded firearm from his jacket. The recovered firearm was a Ruger model EC9 semiautomatic pistol. At the time of his arrest, Lynch was on pretrial release for two other firearm-related offenses. Since 1986, Lynch has at least 14 felony convictions, including for aggravated robbery, assault, domestic violence, and terroristic threats.

On February 2, 2023, Lynch pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal. Lynch was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan L. Sing prosecuted the case.

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