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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Office
(203) 821-3722

Willimantic Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms Dealing

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SAMUEL VASQUEZ, 24, formerly of Mountain Street, Willimantic, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal firearms dealing.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in November and December 2008, VASQUEZ participated in the sale of one shotgun and two handguns to another individual in Willimantic. The shotgun had been reported stolen out of Windham in September 2008.

On February 4, 2011, VASQUEZ pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful dealing in firearms.

VASQUEZ is currently in state custody serving a sentence for sale of narcotics and violation of probation. The state sentence is due to expire on November 3, 2011. Today, Judge Chatigny ordered that the two–year federal sentence be served consecutive to the state sentence.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents in Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.