Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the conviction in Manhattan federal court of STEPHEN SIMMONS, a/k/a “S-Dot,” for possessing ammunition that he used to shoot a man in the leg on June 16, 2022. The jury convicted SIMMONS following trial before U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Stephen Simmons possessed ammunition in furtherance of a violent shooting in the elevator of a residential apartment building. Residents of the Bronx should rest easier tonight knowing that this dangerous recidivist is off the streets.”
According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and the evidence presented during the trial:
On June 16, 2022, SIMMONS chased a man into the elevator of a large apartment building in the Bronx. SIMMONS stood just feet away and fired his gun into the elevator while three individuals stood trapped inside. SIMMONS’s shot hit the victim in the leg, and the victim was thereafter transported to the hospital for emergency medical attention. SIMMONS fled the scene and was subsequently arrested on July 22, 2022.
At the time of the June 16, 2022, shooting, SIMMONS had been previously convicted of a felony.
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SIMMONS, 37, of the Bronx, New York, was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The statutory maximum penalty is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge. SIMMONS is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Caproni on May 9, 2023.
Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, and Task Force Officers assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office.
The case is being supervised by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamie Bagliebter, Courtney Heavey, and Lindsey Keenan, with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Isabel Loftus, are in charge of the prosecution.