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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 12, 2021
Leonard C. Boyle
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson

North Carolina Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Possessing Gun and Drugs in New Haven

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JIMMIE WILLIAMSON, also known as “James Land,” 38, of Durham, North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for drug and firearm offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 22, 2019, New Haven Police responded to a report of a suspected gunshot in the vicinity of Winchester Avenue and encountered Williamson behaving erratically outside of a residence. A search of a vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the residence revealed a loaded Glock 9mm pistol, 69 pills containing methamphetamine, and a quantity of packaged marijuana. Williamson was arrested on that date.

Forensic analysis of the firearm revealed the presence of Williamson’s DNA.

Williamson’s criminal history includes felony convictions in North Carolina state court for drug and firearm offenses, and a 2005 federal conviction in the Middle District of North Carolina for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Williamson has been detained since his arrest. On February 24, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the New Haven Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Donovan.

This prosecution has been brought through 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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