Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor
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A New Haven man was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for assault and crack distribution.
The gang-related assault and drug distribution charges against a Robert Harris, otherwise known as “Skully Mack,” 20, of New Haven stem from a branch of the infamous Bloods street gang. The Red Side Guerilla Brims (RSGB) operated in New Haven between 2011 and 2015.
The gang was involved with narcotics trafficking and acts of violence. They have been tied to murder, assault, attempted murder and armed robberies within in New Haven. Harris faces 36 months of prison and six years of supervised release.
On Dec. 23, 2014 Harris, with another RSGB member named Christopher Graham, or “Ugg,” got into an altercation with an unnamed witness over a .40 caliber pistol which the victim allegedly stole from Graham. Harris was called to the scene by Graham when “Ugg” had realized the victim stole the gun.
The victim showed Harris where the gun was hidden when he had arrived and Harris attacked the victim by striking them with the pistol.
In June 2014 Harris had sold 10 grams of crack cocaine to a law enforcement individual who was incognito.
Several other gang members associated with RSGB have been detained, charged or convicted with violence and crimes ranging from racketeering, possession, distribution and assault.
Graham pleaded guilty to assault in aid of racketeering and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack. He was sentenced to 66 months of prison and five years of supervised release on Aug. 24, 2016.