New London Man Admits Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition In Connection With New London Shooting
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WEST ROBERTSON, also known as “Po,” 32, of New London, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to unlawfully possessing ammunition in connection with a recent shooting in New London.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 29, 2014, in the vicinity of Maple Avenue in New London, ROBERTSON became involved in an altercation with another individual and shot the victim several times. ROBERTSON then fled the scene.
The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Eyewitness accounts identified ROBERTSON as the shooter, and a video surveillance camera captured his girlfriend’s car fleeing the scene of the shooting. Police also recovered ammunition shell casings in the Maple Avenue area.
ROBERTSON was arrested on June 6, 2014. The firearm he used in the shooting was later recovered.
ROBERTSON has multiple state felony convictions including those for robbery, kidnapping and possession of narcotics. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
ROBERTSON pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. At sentencing, ROBERTSON faces up to 10 years of imprisonment. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
ROBERTSON has been detained since his arrest.
This matter is being investigated by the New London Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Karwan.
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