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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge Stemming from Violent Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that HARRY ANDERSON, a.k.a. “Ace,” 23, of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday in New Haven federal court to one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

This matter stems from an investigation into a criminal enterprise known as the Red Side Guerilla Brims (“RSGB”), a sect of the Bloods street gang that operated in New Haven from 2011 through 2015, which was engaged in narcotics trafficking and related acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assaults and armed robberies.

In pleading guilty, ANDERSON admitted that on October 21, 2011, he ordered a quantity of crack cocaine from Marquise Moore, whom he knew to be a drug dealer.  ANDERSON’s objective in ordering the crack cocaine was not to purchase it, but to rob Moore of the drugs and any cash he had on him at the time.  When ANDERSON met Moore, he pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and shot him in the face.  ANDERSON then fled, and did not take anything from Moore and did not complete the robbery.

ANDERSON, who is detained, is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on June 1, 2016, and faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New Haven Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Connecticut State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hamden Police Department.  The New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office also provided critical assistance in the investigation.

An instrumental component of the investigation has been the work of the Connecticut State Crime Laboratory in utilizing the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to analyze ballistics evidence.

This matter is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert M. Spector and Peter D. Markle.  A related case in the District of Maine is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey.

Updated March 10, 2016

Violent Crime