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Press Release

April 26, 2011

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

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PHILLIP HOLMES, also known as “Oz,” 23, formerly of Chapel Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 64 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on the evening of January 5, 2010, New Haven Police officers observed a motor vehicle traveling in the vicinity of East Street and Grand Avenue in New Haven without properly registered tinted windows.  As officers attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, HOLMES exited the front passenger seat and fled on foot.  As officers pursued him, HOLMES discarded his jacket.  HOLMES was apprehended after a brief pursuit.  A search of the jacket resulted in the seizure of a loaded .32 caliber pistol, which was later determined to be stolen.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a loaded 9mm pistol, which was located underneath the front passenger side floor mat, and 15 baggies of crack cocaine, which were located in the glove compartment.  A search of HOLMES’ person resulted in the seizure of $1,382 in U.S. currency.

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.

On December 6, 2010, HOLMES pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.  As part of his plea, HOLMES also admitted that he intended to sell the crack cocaine that was seized from the vehicle.

HOLMES has forfeited the $1,382 in U.S. currency because that money constitutes proceeds from his sale of narcotics.

HOLMES has been in custody since his arrest on January 5, 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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