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Violent Felon Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Loaded Firearm

December 30, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Pawtucket man previously convicted three times for violent crimes was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to eight years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Michael Blow, 38, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.More »

New Bedford Defendant is Sentenced in Firearm Offense

December 7, 2010

PEDRO RENEE CRUZ, 30, of New Bedford, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel, to 180 months mandatory minimum period of incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release. More »

New Britain Man Sentenced to More Than Nine Years in Federal Prison for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

December 2, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LIONEL DELEON, 40, formerly of Winter Street, New Britain, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 115 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On May 5, 2010, DELEON pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm. More »

Hartford man Sentenced to More Than 12 years in Prison for Crack Distribution, Illegal Gun Sales

December 2, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that TERRAWNE NICKSON, 33, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday, December 1, by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for selling narcotics and firearms. On July 23, 2009, NICKSON pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaineMore »

Jury Finds Milford Man Guilty of Making Grenades, Selling Guns Intended for White Supremacist Group

December 1, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found Alexander DeFelice, 33, of Milford, guilty of conspiracy and firearms offenses stemming from an alleged attempt to sell firearms and explosive grenades to what he thought was a white supremacist group located outside of Connecticut. The jury found DeFelice’s co-defendants Kenneth Zrallack, 29, of Ansonia, and David Sutton, 46, of Milford, not guilty of conspiring with DeFelice and others in the same conspiracy. The trial began on November 15 and the jury returned the verdicts this morning.More »

Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Burning African-American Church

November 1, 2010

Benjamin Haskell was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor in Springfield, Mass., to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the 2008 burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominately African-American Church, on the morning after President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American President of the United States. In addition, Haskell will pay more than $1.7 million in restitution including $123,570.25 to the Macedonia Church. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Citizen of Mexico Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Firearm Possession

October 13, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that SILVANO CRUZ-VARELA, 43, a citizen of Mexico last residing on Burr Road in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday, October 12, before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. More »

Norton Man Arrested for Selling Pipe Bombs

September 12, 2010

A Norton man was arrested today for allegedly selling three pipe bombs, following an undercover operation. MICHAEL BILLINGTON, 36, was arrested today on a complaint alleging possession of unregistered pipe bombs. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: New Haven Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun

August 12, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM PADILLA, also known as “Lee,” 31, of Daggett Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense. PADILLA pleaded guilty to the charge on December 30, 2009. More »

Armed Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Prison Term

July 2, 2010

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on July 1, 2010, Russell Cybulski, 40, of Florida, was sentenced to 63 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine and one count of possessing firearms as an illegal drug user. More »

Hamden Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

June 29, 2010

David B. Fein, United States for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY DAVIS, 40, formerly of Rolling Road, Hamden, was sentenced yesterday, June 28, by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 96 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On December 7, 2009, DAVIS pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense. More »

Colchester Man Sentenced to 30 Months Imprisonment on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

May 28, 2010

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Richard Memoli, 53, of Colchester, Vermont, has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for possessing a stolen handgun and distribution of crack cocaine. Memoli pled guilty to these charges and also agreed to forfeit a 2008 Lincoln Navigator, which was used in the distribution of crack cocaine. More »

Middletown Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Guns, Marijuana Plants

April 14, 2010

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN D. ROY, 37, of Middletown, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 300 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On September 24, 2008, a jury found ROY guilty of one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, and one count of manufacture or possession with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants. More »

Dorchester Man Sentenced to 27 ½ Years for Trafficking Marijuana and Ecstasy

March 4, 2010

A Dorchester man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court to twenty-seven and a half years imprisonment for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over 3,000 kilograms of marijuana, being a felon in possession of firearms, conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distributing MDMA, also known as ecstasy and distribution of ecstasy. More »

Jury Convicts Stamford Man on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

March 4, 2010

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found GREGORY RUSSELL, also known as “Fat G” and “G,” formerly of Carrol Avenue, Stamford, guilty of one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. More »

Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Charges

January 15, 2010

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that GEORGE MORALES, 47, formerly of Park Street, Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday, January 14, before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of distribution of heroin. More »