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Press Release

January 11, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD MATIAS, also known as “Sticks,” 45, of Waterbury, formerly of Danbury, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 28, 2010, in New Haven, MATIAS sold a Glock, Model 23, 40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun to an individual who was working with law enforcement.  The firearm had been reported stolen from a residence in Danbury.

MATIAS has previously been convicted of several 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.

MATIAS has been detained in state custody since July 12, 2010 when he was arrested on unrelated charges.

Judge Eginton has scheduled sentencing for April 1, 2011, at which time MATIAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alina P. Reynolds.

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.




Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722





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