U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 28, 2012
Appeals Court Upholds Federal Firearms Convictions of Arjusz Roszkowski
Roszkowski fired a handgun during a scuffle with R.I. State Police Detective
posing as a black-market gun dealer; Sentenced to 15 years in federal prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the federal court jury conviction of Arjusz Roszkowski, 29, of Reading, Mass., on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Roszkowski was convicted by a U.S. District Court jury in Providence in September 2010, following three days of testimony and less than three hours of deliberation. He was sentenced on April 25, 2009, to 180 months in federal prison.
According to evidence presented to the jury, Roszkowski placed a call on November 5, 2009, to a person he thought was a black-market firearms dealer but who was in fact a Rhode Island State Police detective, to enquire about purchasing two firearms and assorted ammunition. He claimed he wanted to purchase the firearms and ammunition for home defense. Roszkowski arranged to meet with the detective the next day at Lincoln Woods State Park.
At the meeting, the detective, acting in an undercover capacity, noticed a handgun sticking out of Roszkowski’s waistband. The detective, concerned for his safety, immediately identified himself as an officer and attempted to arrest Roszkowski. Roszkowski withdrew the handgun from his waistband and a struggle ensued. Roszkowski discharged the firearm, wounding himself. Eventually, the detective, with the assistance of other members of the State Police, was able to a place Roszkowski into custody.
The case was co-prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and R.I. Assistant Attorney General Pamela Chin. The matter was argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald C. Lockhart.