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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

February 10, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING RIFLE

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PATRICK BROWN, also known as “Black Pat” and “Dread,” 28, formerly of Sherman Avenue, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense.  BROWN pleaded guilty to the charge on September 17, 2010.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 17, 2010, BROWN sold a .22 caliber rifle and hundreds of rounds of .22 caliber ammunition to an individual who was working with law enforcement.  Prior to that date, BROWN had 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.

BROWN has been in federal custody since his arrest on April 15, 2010.

This case 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.

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.

 

CONTACT:

 

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

 

 

 

 

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