States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|January 5, 2011||
Project Safe Neighborhoods:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that FRANCISCO TORRES, also known as “King Bolo,” 42, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday, January 4, before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
In January 2009, as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, members of the Bridgeport Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began an investigation into gun trafficking that was centered in the PT Barnum Public Housing Complex and surrounding neighborhoods on the west side of Bridgeport.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 26, 2009, ATF agents conducted a controlled purchase of a .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol loaded with a magazine containing five rounds of .22 caliber ammunition from TORRES. In addition, between April 23, 2009 and June 5, 2009, law enforcement officers purchased from TORRES a 32-20 caliber revolver, a 9mm pistol, a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun and 30 rounds of ammunition.
Prior to these transactions, TORRES 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.
Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for March 25, 2011, at which time TORRES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Bridgeport Police Department; U.S. Homeland Security Investigations; the U.S. Marshals Service, and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, 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