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Tampa ‘Bloods’ Gang Leader Sentenced To Nearly 4 Years For Firearm Offenses

Devin Kelly, 27 of Tampa has been sentenced to three years and ten months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

TAMPA, Fla. – Devin Kelly, 27 of Tampa has been sentenced to three years and ten months in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

The court also ordered Kelly to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the offense. Kelly pleaded guilty on April 19, 2022.

According to court documents, on July 2, 2021, Kelly, a convicted felon, and Keyshawn Watts, also a convicted felon, held and displayed a rifle during an Instagram live video.

One week later, investigators searched Kelly’s residence and seized a Ruger AR .556 caliber rifle and an extended magazine loaded with 40 rounds of ammunition.

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The rifle had features that matched those of the rifle observed by investigators on the Instagram live video. Kelly admitted that the rifle was the same firearm he had displayed on the video.

Kelly was a member of the Bloods street gang and held a leadership position within the gang, according to court records.

At the time he possessed the firearm, Kelly had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and therefore, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law. 

Watts previously pleaded guilty to the same offense. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 4, 2022.

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