U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Connecticut
District of Connecticut
For Immediate Release
February 17, 2011
David B. Fein, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Office
Project Safe Neighborhoods
New Haven Man Who Sold Guns, Body Armor, Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Federal Prison
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERMAINE DIGGS, also known as
Main, 30, formerly of Bassett Street in New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing and selling firearms and body armor.
On November 19, 2010, DIGGS pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, admitting that, on April 14, 2010, he sold a Remington .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol to an individual who was working with law enforcement. The sale occurred in the vicinity of Winchester Avenue and Division Street in New Haven.
In pleading guilty, DIGGS also admitted that, on January 21, 2010, he and Brian Redd, also known as
Malik, sold a stolen firearm to an individual who was working with law enforcement. DIGGS further admitted that, on February 17, 2010, he sold a bullet proof vest to an individual who was working with law enforcement.
DIGGS has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
DIGGS has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 9, 2010.
On November 12, 2010, Redd pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. He awaits sentencing.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Haven Police Department and the Bridgeport Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.