MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM HARTFORD
HALFWAY HOUSE PLEADS GUILTY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILBUR HOUSE, 26, formerly of Hamden, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of escape from the custody of the Attorney General.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2008, HOUSE was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The charge against HOUSE stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 7, 2006, when New Haven Police, acting on a tip, attempted to stop a car in which HOUSE was riding. After a brief chase, HOUSE got out of the car and fled on foot, dropping a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol as he ran. Police apprehended HOUSE at the scene. Prior to September 2006, HOUSE had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut and New York.
On April 28, 2011, HOUSE was transferred from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to the Watkinson House Residential Reentry Center in Hartford to start his pre-release programming. On approximately June 17, 2011, HOUSE left the halfway house and did not return.
On July 11, 2011, HOUSE surrendered to the United States Marshals Service after learning that an arrest warrant had been issued.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for October 27, 2011, at which time HOUSE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Sheldon.
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