The heavyweight gun smuggler known as “Wobbles” will spend 15 years in the slammer — if he can make it that long.
“I’m dying!” joked William Soler, 33, the 500-pound gunrunner who pleaded guilty last month to a slew of firearm dealing charges, when a reporter asked about his health Thursday after his sentencing in Bronx Supreme Court.
The Bloods big has shed around 80 pounds at Rikers Island since his crew was busted last May for selling 93 weapons — including semi-automatic rifles — to an undercover cop.
But officers still had to push Soler in and out of the courtroom Thursday in his double-wide wheelchair a judge once dubbed a “love seat on wheels.”
Rolling down the hallway in Bronx Supreme Court for the final time, Soler smirked and flipped reporters the middle finger before officers loaded him into the freight elevator.
Police said William “Redrum” Soler, aka “Wobbles,” led a 10-member gun-running operation in the Bronx.
The admitted firearms honcho was not as pleased inside the courtroom, where the judge made sure he understood the terms of his plea to 21 criminal counts of gun trafficking, gun possession and gang conspiracy before sending him upstate.
The state Attorney General’s Office had charged his street gang with sneaking the guns into the city from Westchester, Maine and Connecticut – sometimes stuffed inside suitcases on Metro-North commuter trains.
Soler, who also goes by the name “Redrum” — murder spelled backwards — stretched the Bronx courthouse to its limit during his time there. Perhaps most notably, the gunrunner had to be arraigned in a basement room that normally houses inmates, because his chair would not squeeze through the normal courtroom doors.
The judge, lawyers from both sides, and even the court stenographer had to pack into the drab room for the bizarre hearing.