Evergreen Man Sentenced to 20 Years for South Alabama Crime Spree
On Wednesday, January 10, Kelvin Golden, 32, of Evergreen, Alabama, was sentenced to 240 months (20 years) in federal prison for armed robbery, announced Louis V. Franklin, Sr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
There is no parole in the federal system. In addition to 20 years in prison, Golden will be subject to five years of supervised release when his sentence is complete.
On March 20, 2017, Golden entered the Trustmark Bank in Georgiana. He approached a teller, pointed a handgun at her and demanded large bills. The teller complied and Golden escaped with over $10,000. The break in the case came when the Georgiana Police Department received an anonymous tip from someone who saw surveillance video of the robbery on Crime Stoppers and recognized Golden.
While the Georgiana investigation was ongoing, Golden entered the Hilltop Food Mart in Greenville on April 4, 2017 and pointed a handgun at the clerk. He demanded money from the register and left with nearly $900. When surveillance footage was reviewed, investigators realized it was the same person who had robbed the Trustmark Bank in Georgiana.
Golden was ultimately apprehended by the United States Marshals in Pensacola, Florida, and confessed to both robberies.
Golden’s sentence was 156 months for the robberies, with an additional 84 months for brandishing a firearm while committing a crime of violence, for a total of 240 months.
“First and foremost, we are thankful that the victims were not harmed, because this situation could have been much worse,” said U.S. Attorney Franklin. “This type of violent crime is our top priority, and I hope that this 20 year sentence sends the message that my office will prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their hard work, as well as the citizens who helped break this case.”
“The FBI will continue to make this type of violent crime a priority and are also thankful for the public’s assistance with this offender,” stated FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Bret Kirby. “The continued cooperation between the dedicated state and local law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI will continue to strengthen the ability to combat these violent offenders who defy the laws of our great country.”
“I would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners for assisting in this investigation, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecuting the case,” said Georgiana Police Chief Carlton Cook. “I would also like to thank Crime Stoppers for their assistance. If not for the tip we received from them, this investigation would have taken a lot more time and resources. The individual that provided the tip did a great service for our community, and I am grateful that the community was patient while this case was being investigated.”
“This was a very dangerous individual who was committing violent felonies in multiple communities,” said Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn. “I am thankful for the combined efforts of all the agencies involved. The public is safer with him off the streets”.
The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Georgiana Police Department and the Greenville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Bates prosecuted this case.