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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

ODecember 8, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

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

Project Safe Neighborhoods

New Haven Man Sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison for Possessing Stolen Firearm

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THOMAS JULIUS, 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possessing a stolen firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 21, 2007, JULIUS possessed a Glock Model 21, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. On that date, law enforcement officers discovered the firearm hidden between the mattress and box spring of the bed on which JULIUS was laying at his English Street residence. Subsequent forensic analysis of the firearm, which had previously been reported stolen, revealed DNA that matched JULIUS’ DNA.

At the time of his arrest, JULIUS was wanted for a parole violation and was being sought by the Connecticut Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, made up of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

On September 15, 2011, JULIUS pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

JULIUS has been detained since his arrest on February 21, 2007.

This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut Board of Parole, the New Haven Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony E. Kaplan.

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