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Press Release

March 1, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL HAMPTON, also known as “Country,” 30, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling a sawed-off rifle.

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 P.T. Barnum Public Housing Complex and surrounding neighborhoods on the west side of Bridgeport.  Approximately 32 firearms were purchased during the course of the investigation.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 6, 2009, HAMPTON and Frank Fleming, also known as “Fish,” sawed the barrel of a rifle and then sold the sawed-off rifle to another individual.  HAMPTON also transferred a second rifle to the same individual in December 2009.

It is a violation of federal law for a person to transfer a rifle that has a barrel shorter than 16 inches without receiving government approval to register and transfer the rifle.

On September 9, 2010, HAMPTON pleaded guilty to one count of transferring a sawed-off rifle.

Fleming previously pleaded guilty to one count of making a sawed-off rifle and, on February 25, 2011, he was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Bridgeport Police Department; ICE 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.  




Tom Carson
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