States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|May 28, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: NORWALK MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THORN WILLIAMS, 27, of Lexington Avenue, Norwalk, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On March 8, 2010, WILLIAMS pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the early morning hours of September 27, 2009, Norwalk Police officers arrested WILLIAMS after they found him in possession of a Ruger P85 semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number. The firearm was recovered from under the front passenger seat of the vehicle that WILLIAMS occupied while parked at the Washington Village Housing Complex in Norwalk. The firearm was loaded with 14 rounds of CCI 9mm ammunition.
Prior to September 2009, WILLIAMS had been convicted of felony offenses. 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.
This matter was investigated by the Norwalk Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Novick as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in 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