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.

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