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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2011

David Fein, United States Attorney

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

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Trading Crack Cocaine for Three Firearms

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAWN S. LEHAL, 27, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 80 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for trading crack cocaine for three firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 28, 2010, LEHAL, Torre Green and Walter S. Williams were arrested after they met with an undercover law enforcement officer in Bridgeport and distributed approximately 35 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for three semi-automatic handguns.

On March 28, 2011, LEHAL pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

Green and Williams, both of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to the same charge. On August 23, 2011, Green was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment. On November 2, 2011, Williams was sentenced to 82 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.

This prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a program that is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.