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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2010

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Officer
(203) 821-3722
(203) 996-1393 (cell)

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
Hamden Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

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.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 29, 2007, New Haven Police officers received information that DAVIS was in possession of a firearm in the vicinity of Grand Avenue and Poplar Street in the Fair Haven area of New Haven. When officers approached DAVIS, he fled on foot. Officers pursued DAVIS, who discarded a nine-millimeter pistol during the pursuit. DAVIS was arrested immediately thereafter.

DAVIS faced a sentencing guideline range of 70 to 87 months of imprisonment. However, the Government argued for a sentence above the guideline range based on DAVIS’ extensive criminal record, which includes 12 prior felony convictions.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

U.S. Attorney Fein noted that this prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. This program is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.