States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|August 18, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: UNIONVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN TRAFFICKING
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT DELANEY, 52, of Farmington Avenue, Unionville, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for illegally possessing and trafficking firearms. On April 13, 2010, DELANEY pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 21, 2008, DELANEY sold two semi-automatic .223 caliber rifles, one semi-automatic .545 caliber rifle and approximately 70 rounds of ammunition to two undercover ATF agents at DELANEY’s Unionville residence.
Prior to August 2008, DELANEY had been convicted of four narcotics distribution offenses in state court. 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.
In addition, on November 4, 2008, DELANEY distributed a quantity of cocaine.
DELANEY currently is in state custody on unrelated, pending charges.
This case was investigated by the Hartford office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) and the Hartford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.
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
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Project Safe Neighborhoods