States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 19, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: NEW HAVEN MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging BRANDON EDWARDS, 29, of New Haven, with one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon. The indictment was returned yesterday, November 18.
The indictment alleges that, on or about June 8, 2010, EDWARDS possessed 18 rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition. The Indictment further alleges that, prior to this date, EDWARDS 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 or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
If convicted, EDWARDS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc H. Silverman.
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