Man who led police on high-speed chase from Storrow Drive, across the Tobin, into Chelsea, gets four years on gun plea
A federal judge today ordered a sentence longer than requested by prosecutors for a Dorchester man who led state troopers on a chase when one tried pulling him over in his Focus for excessive window tint on Storrow Drive and ended when he crashed into two cars in Chelsea on Aug. 10, 2018.
Raughn Williams, 23, pleaded guilty in June to a federal charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The US Attorney's office had requested a sentence of 41 months, because of his past criminal record and because of the risk his high-speed attempt to evade State Police posed to members of the public.
He was armed with a loaded firearm, which he possessed in connection with his sale of illegal drugs, and he led police on a car chase through Boston and into Chelsea, and in the process struck two vehicles, one of which was occupied. This was extremely dangerous, reckless behavior.
At a hearing today, US District Court Judge Leo Sorokin sentenced Williams to 48 months in federal custody. This is in addition to a two-year sentence he was serving out of Dorchester District Court in 2021 for violating probation on a conviction of assault with a dangerous weapon in 2016. Sorokin ruled that his federal sentence would run concurrently with his state one.
Williams's attorney had asked for a sentence of just 30 months, saying Williams is "yet another unfortunate example of a young man of color that has been surrounded with misfortune and negative influences since the time of his birth," which included growing up with an abusive father and ADHD in a violent part of Dorchester.
He added that Williams had the gun with him the day of the chase for self defense - and asked for leniency because he now has daughter:
He wishes to be a father to his infant daughter, now 6 months old, who he has not even been able to spend time with outside of jail.
Ideally, Mr. Williams would like to begin a new life with his family away from Massachusetts and from all of the negative associations related with Dorchester and Boston. This includes living in a neighborhood where violence and drug use are commonplace. He also dislikes the feeling of always being vigilant because someone might harm him for any reason.
Thus, the desire to carry a gun for self-protection. He is also wary around the local police, who are now familiar with him, and could at any moment decide they want to roust him for walking or driving in a particular area. His dream is to leave all of this behind. When Mr. Williams was 18, he traveled to North Carolina for a short time to get away from the problems he had experienced in Boston. He connected with an Aunt who has connections to people who do legitimate work in the music and entertainment industry. He would very much like to use her as a resource so he might eventually get a job in that field. He does not wish to spend the rest of his life revolving in and out of prison or dead from using drugs.
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It’s good to see a judge recognizing …
… the serious danger of driving recklessly along with gun possession.
May this guy get help in prison with his fears and may the general public give a sigh of relief he’s off the roads for a good while.
He shouldn't have crashed while trying to evade the police, someone probably cut in front of him, as he had complete Focus.
Or maybe some mechanical problem caused the crash if he'd failed to maintain Focus.
Still, a little unsettling
Still, a little unsettling that this behavior gets 4 years and the guy who sold scammed T passes gets 5 years. . .
Very good point!!
The wheels of justice need some maintenance.
Knowing the Massachusetts RMV
Knowing the Massachusetts RMV they didn’t bother to suspend or terminate his license so he will be back on the streets soon. Hopefully the next person he hurts isn’t you? This state treats drivers licenses like they are a privilege not a right.
I think you mean the reverse but yes.
I remember a case where a judge refused to even suspend the license of a repeat offender stating that it was a hardship and would prevent her from going to her job. She went out and killed and maimed 2 kids and an adult in a crosswalk at a red light a day or two later. The judge didn’t consider the hardship the public suffers when judges don’t do their jobs.
This guy probably will be back on the road first thing he’s out.
I've said it for years
It'll take a judge's kid getting mowed down to fix things.
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More like a judge taking an honest look …
… at their own driving. People, especially those who drive, tend to give drivers a pass on behavior they’d never accept from a cyclist or pedestrian. The bigger the weapon the more power and respect it is granted. Sad fact of human nature. Might makes “right” or rather right of way. It always has.
A veritable bargain.
A veritable bargain.
Wow, imagine if he had sold
Wow, imagine if he had sold discounted MBTA passes he'd bought with other people's credit-card info.
Let's pick this apart
This guy: "Wahhh, I have a hard life"
Also this guy: (Spends money on vanity accessory for economy automobile that he won't possess in 15 years due to planned obsolescence)
It's a joke that there's a law against that, but also, what a stupid expense.
Do better, men.
Rittenhouse got off. I don't like Rittenhouse, I don't hate Rittenhouse, but, yeah, the strike zone for permissible guns is clearly a rhombus.
Let me reiterate my unequivocal appreciation for Planned Parenthood. The meme where the bicyclist intentionally stops their bicycle and falls comes to mind.
"I'm scared of everyone and I might have guns shot at me, so let's add an infant to my circumstances." (Expletive).
You and me both, bro. Those rents, man.
Legalize drugs. Also, stop selling drugs.
Stop selling drugs and operate a less ostentatious automobile, stupid. You're screwing up if I'm not siding against bored, bellicose cops.
Right, there's no drugs or sleaze or wealth inequality in that field. Good on him, but I hope he manages his expectations.