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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

February 4, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
ALLEGED SHOOTER OF STAMFORD POLICE OFFICER
CHARGED WITH FEDERAL DRUG AND WEAPONS OFFENSES

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport has returned a five-count indictment charging EPHRAIM GOITOM, also known as “Fay Fay,” 27, last residing on Lockwood Avenue in Stamford, with drug and firearm offenses.  It is alleged that, on December 9, 2010, GOITOM shot at two victims, hitting one of whom is a Stamford Police officer.

The indictment charges GOITOM with two counts of using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense, one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute Phencyclidine, (also known as “PCP” or “angel dust”) and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises.

The indictment alleges that GOITOM has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses.

The indictment was returned on February 1, 2010.  Today, GOITOM appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.

If convicted, GOITOM faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years on the PCP distribution charge and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on charge of maintaining a drug-involved premises.  Each count of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense carries a mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.  If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and it is determined that his alleged criminal history qualifies him as an Armed Career Criminal, GOITOM faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

GOITOM has been detained since his arrest by the Stamford Police Department on December 9, 2010.

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 matter is being investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney David B. Fein and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Dayton.

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.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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