MADISON, WIS. — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Shomari Robinson, 37, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced Friday, April 27, by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 96 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Robinson pleaded guilty to this charge on February 9, 2018.
Robinson entered a nursing home in DeForest, Wisconsin, on August 29, 2017 while intoxicated and armed, and asked to speak with a former girlfriend that he was prohibited from contacting by court order. Police subsequently pulled over Robinson’s car and found a loaded firearm below the driver’s seat. Robinson lied to police about how he obtained the firearm, and after he was charged, he attempted to influence a friend to testify that the firearm was left under the seat without Robinson’s knowledge.
Judge Conley found that Robinson obstructed justice by attempting to suborn perjury. Judge Conley justified the lengthy sentence based on Robinson’s obstruction, his long criminal history involving abuse of women, and his staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since the age of 17.
The charge against Robinson was the result of an investigation conducted by the DeForest Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonio M. Trillo.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.