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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing ATF Informant

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 SHAQUIL GARY, 22, of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to a federal robbery offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 14, 2014, GARY arranged to meet an ATF informant near the intersection of Lamberton and Button Streets in New Haven to sell the informant approximately seven grams of crack cocaine.  Instead, when the two met at the location, GARY pulled out a firearm, took $150 in cash and a cell phone from the informant and fled.  Law enforcement officers apprehended GARY later that day at a residence on Winthrop Avenue.  By that time, he was no longer in possession of the firearm he used to commit the robbery.

GARY pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery of a person in lawful control of property of the United States, a charge that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 14, 2015.

GARY has been detained since his arrest.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Spector.

Updated July 23, 2015