U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
May 10, 2010
4 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FELON IN POSSESSION OF POLICE OFFICER’S STOLEN GUN
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rodney Wilcox, 24, of Providence, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in federal prison and 36 months supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm stolen from a Providence Police officer’s home. U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced today’s sentencing which was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith. Wilcox pled guilty to the charge in November 2009.
On May 28, 2009, Providence Police Narcotics officers observed Wilcox in the vicinity of Whelan Road, clutching a weighted object in his waistband as he walked towards the detectives’ undercover vehicle. The detectives approached Wilcox and asked him to place his hands in the air. Wilcox grabbed the object from his waistband and fled.
During the foot pursuit, detectives observed Wilcox throw a black colored firearm along a fence line while he was about 10 feet away from the officer. The foot pursuit continued with each officer having their weapon drawn and shouting for Wilcox to stop. Police tackled him and placed him under arrest while approximately 30 bystanders surrounded the officers and told the officers to leave Wilcox alone.
The two detectives returned to the area where the defendant threw the firearm and seized a loaded .40 caliber police Beretta P4 Storm, containing 13 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the chamber.
The defendant had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year imprisonment. He has been detained since his arrest.
The matter was investigated by Providence Police and ATF. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.