550-pound, Gun-Running Kingpin Can’t Fit Into Courthouse Elevator

William Soler

William “Wobbles” Soler

Talk about embarrassing.

A king-sized kingpin of gun-running in New York was to big for a courthouse elevator and had to plead not guilty in a basement room, authorities said.

William “Wobbles” Soler, a 550-pound boss of an alleged Bronx gun-running ring was unable to make it to court Friday, May 8, 2015 because his over-sized wheelchair didn’t fit inside an elevator.

Soler instead entered his plea in a room one floor below ground level of the Bronx Supreme Court building near where prisoners are held.

“Basically, it’s a love seat on wheels,” Bronx Supreme Court Judge George Villegas told reporters, referring to Soler’s double-wide wheelchair.

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The round-shaped ringleader was originally wheeled into the courthouse using a side garage door. However, once he arrived, his chair could not squeeze into an elevator, so the judge, prosecutors and other officials were forced to go to him.

Soler was one of 10 gangsters arrested for allegedly operating a massive gunrunning ring, smuggling weapons into the city from Connecticut and Maine. His crew allegedly made huge profits by flipping the guns from two Bronx apartments for several times the price, according to a 367-count indictment.

Being kind, the judge told reporters that Soler could not make it to the courtroom because of “logistical reasons related to his health.”

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