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Case Number: 3:20-cr-00264-JBA-1
Judge: Janet Bond
Court: United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (New Haven County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: New Haven, CT: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with felony possession of a firearm.
William Tisdol, age 22, was indicted for felony possession of a firearm.
Shortly after noon on September 9, 2020, members of the Hartford Police Department responded to reports of gunshots on Sterling Street in Hartford. At the scene, officers found a female companion of Tisdol sitting in a car in front of a residence and suffering from serious gunshot wounds. Tisdol was subsequently located inside the residence in critical condition and suffering from gunshots to his arms, hips and torso. Both Tisdol and his companion were transported to the hospital. Officers recovered a .380 caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number, and multiple shell casings, from the pavement next to the car. The investigation revealed that Tisdol had used the firearm in a gunfight with unidentified assailants.
At the time of the shooting incident, Hartford Police had an open arrest warrant for Tisdol related to an armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred in May 2020.
Tisdol has been detained since his hospitalization.
In a separate federal case, on September 15, 2020, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Tisdol and seven other individuals with offenses stemming from numerous “grab and go” thefts from various retail fashion stores in Connecticut and nearby states. A “grab-and-go” scheme is a type of theft where one or more perpetrators enter a retail store, grab as many items of clothing or other goods as they can carry, leave the store without paying for the merchandise, and depart in a waiting getaway vehicle.
On May 14, 2021, Tisdol pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport and possess stolen property and, on July 7, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
On September 9, 2021, Tisdol was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to six months of imprisonment for his role in the grab and go theft scheme.
These investigations were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hartford, New Canaan, Wrentham (Mass.), Auburn (Mass.) and Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Brendan Keefe.
SELL DEFACED FIREARMS (Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number)
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 18 months in prison.