A federal jury convicted an Albany, Georgia resident with a lengthy criminal history on various gun and drug charges late last week.
This, according to a press release that officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia published on their website.
Jurors found Robert Scott Kennedy, 37, of Albany, guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following a three-day trial that began June 28 in Albany federal court.
“According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Kennedy was taken into custody on August 21, 2020, on multiple outstanding arrest warrants. Kennedy was found in possession of a .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol and a distribution amount of heroin,” the press release said.
“Kennedy also swallowed a quantity of heroin and required medical attention at the scene. Kennedy has a significant criminal history, including felony convictions for burglary, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and obstruction of an officer.”
Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Peter D. Leary said in the press release that armed criminals who continually disregard the law and disrupt safety and peace will face the possibility of federal prosecution.
“We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to hold repeat criminals accountable and bring them to justice,” Leary said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) investigated the case, according to the press release.
Kennedy is facing a mandatory minimum five years up to life imprisonment for his crimes. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Leslie Gardner remains unscheduled. There is no parole in the federal system, the press release said.
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