Philadelphia Felon Sentenced to Eight Years for Illegally Possessing a Gun

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PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that earlier today Robert Holloway, 23, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In June 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to the Indictment which charged him with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The charge stems from an incident in July 2018, during which Philadelphia Police Department officers on patrol in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia encountered Holloway and observed what appeared to be the handle of a gun sticking out of his pants waistband. One officer ordered the defendant to stop, but he fled instead and discarded the gun on the street. Holloway was apprehended and a Hi-Point .45 caliber pistol was recovered from the area where the defendant was observed throwing it away.

“As we near the end of a year with a record number of homicides in Philadelphia mostly involving guns,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams, “we and our law enforcement partners are working harder than ever on our ‘All Hands On Deck’ initiative, putting repeat criminal offenders like Holloway behind bars when they illegally possess guns on the street.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne.

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