New Haven man sentenced to prison for illegal firearm possession

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 26-year-old man known as “Ratchet” was sentenced today in Hartford for illegally possessing a firearm.

On Oct 14, 2014, while driving with a suspended license, Jerome T. Walker was pulled over by New Haven Police in the vicinity of Norton St and Elm St.  After initially pulling over, Walker accelerated from the scene at a high rate of speed. A short time later, New Haven and Hamden Police officers found Walker’s vehicle parked at a residence on Warner Street in Hamden. Officers then observed Walker walking in front of the residence and he was placed under arrest. In the area, officers found a duffel bag containing a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver and a set of car keys belonging to the vehicle that Walker had been driving.

Walker has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses. 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. Walker has been detained since his arrest. On November 17, 2014, he pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Walker was sentenced to 36 months of federal imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to serve 300 hours of community service.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s