States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|April 28, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: NEW HAVEN MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging PATRICK BROWN, also known as “Black Pat” and “Dread,” 27, formerly of Sherman Avenue, New Haven with one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
The indictment alleges that, on or about February 17, 2010, BROWN possessed a Marlin .22 caliber rifle. The Indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, BROWN 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 that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
If convicted of the charge, BROWN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
BROWN has been detained in federal custody since his arrest by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on April 15, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Dannehy stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.
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