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Press Release

March 4, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD AVILES, 27, of Chestnut Street, Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 21, 2009, AVILES sold two semi-automatic assault weapons with extended magazines to another individual in exchange for $1760.  These two firearms, along with several others, had been stolen from a company in Ansonia earlier in September 2009.  The firearms had been manufactured in Texas, shipped to a company in Vermont and then sent to the Ansonia company.

Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2011, at which time AVILES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

AVILES has been detained since his federal arrest on July 7, 2010.

This case was investigated by the Bridgeport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Doug Morabito and Robert Spector.

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
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