States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 28, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: BRIDGEPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JASON MARRERO, 26, of Kent Street, Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the evening of October 1, 2009, law enforcement officers in Bridgeport conducted a traffic stop of a car that MARRERO was driving. After he was pulled over, MARRERO fled by driving his vehicle with the lights off at a high rate of speed through the city. MARRERO was apprehended and, during a search, officers discovered eight rounds of Remington .45 caliber ammunition in MARRERO’s pants pocket.
Prior to October 1, 2009, MARRERO had been convicted of a felony offense. 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.
Judge Hall has scheduled sentencing for September 16, 2010, at which time MARRERO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
MARRERO currently is detained in federal custody.
This case was investigated by the Bridgeport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy 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 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