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Date: 11-22-2020

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United States of America v. Alonzo Shipp

Case Number: 19-cr-029 (RPK)

Judge: Rachel P. Kovner

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (New York County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, New York

Defendant's Attorney:

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Description: Brooklyn, New York criminal defense lawyer represented felon who possessed firearm.

The United States of America charnged Alnozo Shipp with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with a 2018 shooting in South Jamaica, Queens.

“A convicted felon armed with a gun is a fraught combination that oftentimes results in someone getting shot and that is precisely what happened in this case,” stated Acting United States Attorney DuCharme. “Today’s verdict is yet another reminder as to why this Office remains focused on prosecuting violent armed offenders who seem to think that they can shoot victims on our streets with impunity.”

“ATF’s message to violent criminals has always been and remains clear to this day. If you terrorize our communities, we will stop you, and you will serve time in federal prison. ATF is committed to working with our partners to ensure that all New Yorkers can safely walk their streets,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge DeVito.

The evidence at trial established that in the early morning hours of July 20, 2018, Shipp, also known as “Pump,” shot the victim in the abdomen. The victim collapsed two blocks away and called 911. Shipp followed the victim and stood over him, holding his gun as the victim begged for his life. While on the line with the 911 operator, the victim spoke directly to Shipp, stating: ‘I don't want to die, Pump. Please, I don't want to die, Pump.” Shipp’s gun jammed, and he fled tossing the gun in a dumpster. Later that morning, a civilian found the gun and contacted the NYPD. Police officers recovered the gun, and NYPD ballistics examiners determined that a shell casing found where the victim was shot was consistent with being fired from the gun found in the dumpster. A search of Shipp’s Facebook account and revealed a message in which he admitted to a friend that he was on the run because of the shooting at the location where the victim was found. The victim survived the shooting.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Pilmar and Michael W. Gibaldi.

The Defendant:

Age: 33
Richmond, VA.

18:922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 3551 et seq. - Felon in Possession of a Firearm
18:922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 3551 et seq. - Felon in Possession of Ammunition

Outcome: 11/18/2020 MINUTE ENTRY: A jury trial continued before Judge Rachel P. Kovner in courtroom 4E-N on 11/17/2020. Michael Gibaldi, Philip Pilmar, and Allen Bode appeared for the government. Deirdre von Dornum and Ashley Burrell appeared for the defendant Alonzo Shipp. Mr. Shipp was also present. The government concluded its case in chief. Detective Patrick Nozdrovicky concluded his testimony. Detective Jeffrey Bahm testified. Special Agent Howard Stern testified. The government rested. The defense presented its case in opposition. Waleska Miller testified. The defense rested. The government presented its rebuttal case. The government presented its closing. (Court Reporters Charleane Heading, Adronikh Barna, and Sophie Nolan) (Lewis, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/18/2020)
11/18/2020 MINUTE ENTRY: A jury trial concluded before Judge Rachel P. Kovner in courtroom 4E-N on 11/18/2020. Michael Gibaldi, Philip Pilmar, and Jonathan Lax appeared for the government. Deirdre von Dornum and Ashley Burrell appeared for the defendant Alonzo Shipp. Mr. Shipp was also present. The defense presented its closing. The government presented a rebuttal. The court delivered jury instructions. The jury reached a unanimous verdict. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts. (Court Reporters Sophie Nolan, Stacy Mace, and Linda Danelczyk) (Lewis, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/18/2020)
11/18/2020 ORDER: As noted on the record, the defense shall file any post-verdict motions on or before 12/03/2020. The government shall file its response on or before 12/17/2020. Ordered by Judge Rachel P. Kovner on 11/18/2020. (Lewis, Benjamin) (Entered: 11/18/2020)
11/18/2020 140 Order of Sustenance as to Alonzo Shipp. Ordered by Judge Rachel P. Kovner on 11/18/2020. (Almonte, Giselle) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

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