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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Waterbury Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Lying to Federal Agents Investigating Waterbury Gang Violence

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAN THOMPSON, 25, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for making false statements to federal law enforcement agents investigating gang-related violence in Waterbury.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the FBI, ATF, and Waterbury Police have been conducting a long-term investigation into drug trafficking and numerous acts of violence being committed by gang members in Waterbury. In November 2018 and September 2019, Thompson made false statements to FBI special agents about a shooting incident that occurred in the area of Wolcott Street in Waterbury on November 22, 2017, which resulted in the deaths of two individuals.

Thompson has been detained in state custody since February 2018. On February 2, 2023, he pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of making a false statement to a government agent.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force, ATF and Waterbury Police Department, with the assistance of the Watertown Police Department, New Milford Police Department and Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Geoffrey M. Stone, John T. Pierpont, Jr. and Natasha M. Freismuth, and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Don E. Therkildesen and Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney Alexandra Arroyo of the Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office, who have been cross-designated as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys in this matter.

This prosecution is a part of the Justice’s Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) programs.

PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

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