New London Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kevin Kane, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London, announced that DAMEN JOHNSON, age 30, of 8B Anthony Road, New London, Connecticut, waived indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
As revealed during today’s plea proceedings, on February 27, 2006, New London Police officers responded to a 911 dispatch report of a man engaged in an altercation with a female. After arriving on the scene, the officers isolated JOHNSON from the female. The officers then observed a second female walking toward JOHNSON’s vehicle, entering the vehicle and, apparently, placing an item under the front passenger seat. The second female was subsequently removed from the car and a fully loaded .357 Smith & Wesson revolver was discovered under the seat. JOHNSON subsequently admitted that the firearm was his and that he had purchased it approximately one month earlier for self-protection. In addition, the second female was searched at the scene and $14,000 in U.S. currency was found hidden in the sleeve of her coat. The money, along with $2,668 found in JOHNSON’s pants pocket, was determined to belong to JOHNSON.
It was noted during the guilty plea proceedings that, prior to February 27, 2006, JOHNSON had been convicted in the Connecticut Superior Court of at least three separate felony offenses involving the possession of narcotics and failure to appear. 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.
JOHNSON is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on August 24, 2006, at which time JOHNSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New London Police Department.