New Haven man sentenced to prison for assault and drug offenses

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) —  Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Robert Harris was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 36 months of prison, followed by six years in supervised release, for gang-related assault and drug distribution offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Harris, also known as “Skully Mack,” a 20-year-old of New Haven, was a member of 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.  On Dec. 23, 2014, Harris and another RSGB member, Christopher Graham, a.k.a. “Ugg,” committed a violent assault of an individual over a .40 caliber pistol that the victim allegedly stole from him.  Graham had called Haris to the scene after realizing the victim had stolen the gun.  Shortly after Harris arrived, the victim showed them where he had hidden the gun.  Harris then retrieved the gun and pistol whipped the victim with it.

In June 2014, Harris sold approximately 10 grams of crack cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement.

On Sept. 30, 2015, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a 34-count indictment charging Harris, Graham and four other individuals with various racketeering, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, firearms, money laundering and narcotics distribution offenses.  Other RSGB members and associates have been charged and convicted separately in state and federal courts in Connecticut and Maine.

Harris has been detained since his arrest on Oct. 1, 2015.  On Feb. 3, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault in aid of racketeering and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Graham pleaded guilty to one count of assault in aid of racketeering and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack.  On Aug. 24, 2016, he was sentenced to 66 months of prison and five years of supervised release.