Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Firearm Possession

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Kelvin Canales, 29, of Philadelphia, was sentenced Friday to 120 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon. The sentencing also includes three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

On April 21, 2021, Canales robbed a victim of his cell phone on a sidewalk in North Philadelphia. He then returned to his car, reapproached the victim, and shot him multiple times in the back. Video footage captured Canales fleeing the scene.

Approximately an hour later, Canales crashed his car in a single-car accident. When paramedics arrived, he allegedly fled, hiding a loaded firearm in a trash can behind a row of houses.

Canales pleaded guilty to the firearm possession charge on November 29, 2023.

“Kelvin Canales’ possession of a firearm as a repeat offender with a history of violent crime was a threat to the larger community,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Today’s sentencing of Canales for possession of a firearm keeps a dangerous man off the streets. It reinforces our commitment, in cooperation with our law enforcement partners, to keep Philadelphia safe and fight violent crime.”

“This case is another example of ATF Philadelphia Field Division’s long history of partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department,” said Eric DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Philadelphia Field Division. “Violent criminals who attack randomly like Kelvin Canales did will be prosecuted vigorously to ensure justice for the victims and to make our communities safer.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.

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