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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Conneticut

For Immediate Release

September 15, 2011

David B. Fein, , United States Attorney

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

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Hartford Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL TORRES, also known as Danny, 32, of Preston Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 19, 2010, TORRES twice fired a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol out of a car window and into the air. On that date, he was arrested by Hartford Police after he was found in possession of the firearm.

Prior to March 19, 2010, TORRES had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including sale of hallucinogens or narcotics, sale of a controlled substance, tampering with a witness, and twice for second degree assault.

It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

On February 7, 2011, TORRES pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

TORRES has been detained on unrelated state charges since June 10, 2010.

This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and 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.