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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Conneticut

For Immediate Release

September 23, 2011

David B. Fein, , United States Attorney

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

Florida Man Admits to Possessing Stolen Gun Silencers

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RICHARD SLEEVA, 48, of Naples, Fla., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday, September 22, before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of possession of a stolen firearm stemming from his possession of stolen firearms silencers.

According to court documents and statements made in court, SLEEVA was a federal firearms licensee and had obtained silencers as a member of Gemtech’s Board of Directors prior to his removal from the Board in 2001. When he was removed from the Board, SLEEVA failed to return the silencers after Gemtech repeatedly demanded that he do so. Gemtech then reported the firearms as stolen. In pleading guilty, SLEEVA admitted that, from 2001 through September 2009, SLEEVA unlawfully possessed three Gemtech firearms silencers at a former residence in Pennsylvania.

As part of the guilty plea, SLEEVA has agreed to forfeit more than one hundred firearms that he owned and possessed at residences in Pennsylvania and Newtown, Connecticut. The firearms, which SLEEVA voluntarily turned over to ATF agents in 2009, include more the 40 firearms silencers, more than 40 short-barreled shotguns, as well as several machine guns, semi-automatic handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for December 9, 2011, at which time SLEEVA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

SLEEVA is released on bond pending sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.