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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 10, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

Minneapolis Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Possessing a .357-Caliber Revolver

MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a 36-year-old felon from Minneapolis was sentenced for possessing a .357-caliber revolver. United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Kendrick Lee Robbins to 180 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Robbins was indicted on November 17, 2010, and pleaded guilty on February 25, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Robbins admitted that on October 13, 2010, he possessed a .357-caliber, six-shot revolver. A law enforcement affidavit filed in the case states that when St. Paul police stopped a vehicle for being driven in the dark without headlights, Robbins, a passenger in the car, fled on foot. With the aid of a police dog, however, authorities soon found him in a nearby house, and they located the revolver along the path he took when fleeing.

Because he is a felon, Robbins is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. His prior convictions include first-degree assault (1995), aiding and abetting fourth-degree assault (1996), and trafficking in a controlled substance (2008). This case was the result of an investigation by the St. Paul Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell.

Note, the case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to reducing gun crime in America. PSN provides resources to strengthen law enforcement and crime prevention partnerships that are working to make our streets and communities safer.