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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson

Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Possessng Ammunition

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRANDON EDWARDS, also known as "Bruce Edwards," "Bruce Read," "Robert Rentell," and "Robert Wright," 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 8, 2010, EDWARDS possessed 18 rounds of nine millimeter ammunition, all of which had been manufactured out of state. Prior to this date, EDWARDS had sustained multiple felony convictions.

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.

EDWARDS' criminal history includes a federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, for which he received a five-year prison term in May 2003. He subsequently violated the conditions of his federal supervised release and, in September 2008, was sentenced to an additional prison term of 12 months and one day.

EDWARDS has been detained in federal custody since November 19, 2010. He pleaded guilty to the offense on December 2, 2011.

This matter was investigated by the ATF, with substantial assistance provided by the New Haven Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, and the State of Connecticut Parole Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marc H. Silverman and Sarah Karwan.