DANBURY, Conn. -- A Danbury woman, who was convicted in a pair of home invasion robberies, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut .
Casey Kershaw, 27, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport. She must also undergo three years of supervision after her release from prison, Daly said.
Kershaw, who has been detained since her Oct. 16, 2013. arrest, pleaded guilty last October to one count of interference with commerce by robbery, Daly said.
According to court documents, Danbury police launched an investigation in 2013 of a drug ring that had been running several crack and heroin “trap houses” in the city. The network also rented hotel rooms, out of which it packaged and sold drugs, Daly said.
During the investigation, Daly said, police learned that individuals heading the ring had organized and committed armed robberies of marijuana dealers.
According to police, on Jan. 30, 2013, Kershaw drove four of her co-defendants to the home of a marijuana dealer. The men, some of whom were armed, forced their way into the residence and confronted the victim, who was there with his mother, girlfriend and infant child, as well as a friend, Daly said.
One of the defendants pistol-whipped the victim and demanded that he give them drugs and money, Daly said. They then made off with $30,000 and a pound of marijuana, she said.
According to Daly, Kershaw picked up the men and received $2,000 after the loot was divvied up. Kershaw and the other defendants then went to the Mohegan Sun Casino, Daly said.
Kershaw was also involved in the planning of a similar robbery on Feb. 18, 2013, in which one of her co-defendants again pistol-whipped the victim, Daly said.
The loaded gun that he used was dropped during the struggle and was recovered by police, Daly said.
After this robbery, the co-defendants gathered at Kershaw’s residence, Daly said.
The investigation, which was conducted with the assistance of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, also revealed that Kershaw had been involved in drug trafficking and had allowed her co-defendants to store firearms at her residence.
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