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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 20, 2018
John H. Durham
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson

New Britain Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition as a Convicted Felon

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, and Hartford Police Chief David Rosado today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging JOHN ANDERSON, 37, of New Britain, with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

As alleged in the indictment, on October 11, 2018, Anderson possessed a Ruger, Model EC9S, 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number, and six rounds of 9mm ammunition.  Anderson’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for burglary in the third degree and assault in the second degree.

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.

Anderson has been detained in state custody since his arrest by Hartford Police on October 11.

If convicted of the charge, Anderson faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hartford Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel J. Gentile.

This prosecution has been brought though Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

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