States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|January 12, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DENO DAWES, 20, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On October 8, 2009, DAWES pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
This matter stems from an incident in Stamford on March 13, 2009, when DAWES ran from a car that had been stopped by the Stamford Police. Police recovered a Lorcin Model L9MM firearm along the route that DAWES had run. Subsequent investigation revealed that the firearm was possessed by DAWES.
On April 10, 2007, DAWES was convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of second degree robbery, a felony. 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.
DAWES has been detained since his arrest on March 19, 2009.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Stamford Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sandra S. Glover.
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.
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Department of Justice
Project Safe Neighborhoods