For Immediate Release
South Windsor Man Who Stole Firearms from East Windsor Gun Store is Sentenced
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JORDAN MARSH, 27, of South Windsor, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to five years of probation for stealing a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 11, 2012, MARSH stole a Windham Weaponry 5.56 mm caliber semi-automatic rifle from the front counter of Riverview Gun Sales, a former federal firearms dealer located in East Windsor. The theft was captured on the store’s video surveillance system, which shows MARSH entering the store, standing in front of the rifle, picking up the firearm and leaving the store. Though there were several employees standing behind the counter, none were near MARSH, and none saw him take the firearm. No one at the store realized the firearm was missing until the Hartford Police retrieved it from MARSH’s hotel room on December 17, 2012, two days after MARSH had been arrested for attempting to steal a Bushmaster .50 caliber rifle from Riverview.
Earlier in 2012, MARSH was convicted of a state felony stemming from his prior thefts of approximately 12 firearms from Riverview.
On August 27, 2013, MARSH pleaded guilty in state court to firearms and probation violation offenses stemming from his attempted theft of the Bushmaster .50 caliber rifle, and was sentenced to eight years of incarceration. He is currently detained in state custody.
In this federal case, MARSH faced a sentencing guideline range of 46 to 57 months of imprisonment. Instead of imposing a concurrent sentence of incarceration, Judge Shea, with agreement of the parties, imposed a five-year term of probation, the maximum allowed under the law. The court expressed concern that MARSH was a danger to the public, noted that he was on state probation for the first Riverview theft when he committed the second Riverview theft, and decided that the maximum term of federal supervision was necessary to make sure that he did not re-offend.
As special conditions of probation, the court ordered that MARSH and his residence be subject to searches by the U.S. Probation Office upon reasonable suspicion, that MARSH not enter or associate with any person or business that sells firearms, that he not attempt to purchase or possess any firearms, and that he agree to the installation of computer software that will monitor his Internet activity and alert the U.S. Probation Office if he attempts to purchase a firearm over the Internet. MARSH was also ordered to receive mental health counseling and treatment.
“By imposing the longest term of probation available, today’s federal sentence supplements the state court’s eight-year jail sentence by maximizing the protection afforded to society and simultaneously providing the defendant with the supervision and mental health counseling he so clearly needs,” stated U.S. Attorney Daly.
On August 22, 2013, David Laguercia, the owner and operator of Riverview Gun Sales, pleaded guilty to one count of transfer of a firearm before completion of background check, and one count of failure to maintain proper firearm records. Laguercia also entered a guilty plea on behalf of Riverview Sales, Inc. to one count of making false entries in dealer’s records. Laguercia and his business await sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Hartford and East Windsor Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector.