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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2010

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Office
(203) 821-3722

Hartford man Sentenced to More Than 12 years in Prison for Crack Distribution, Illegal Gun Sales

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that TERRAWNE NICKSON, 33, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday, December 1, by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for selling narcotics and firearms. On July 23, 2009, NICKSON pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine ).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on four different occasions in February 2009, NICKSON sold or conspired to sell crack cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement. In addition, on February 25, 2009 and March 12, 2009, NICKSON sold two firearms, a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .22 caliber revolver, respectively, to the same individual.

Judge Chatigny found that NICKSON qualified as a Career Offender, based on two prior convictions for second degree assault and one prior conviction for manslaughter.

NICKSON has been detained since his arrest on March 27, 2009.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut's cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.