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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

May 4, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRIDGEPORT MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport has returned an indictment charging MARCELLUS CATCHINGS, 24, of Bridgeport, with one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

The indictment alleges that, on March 18, 2011, CATCHINGS possessed a Browning 9mm handgun.  The indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, CATCHINGS had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including first degree robbery, possession of narcotics and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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.

The charge of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

The indictment was returned on April 26, 2011.  Today, CATCHINGS appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

CATCHINGS has been detained since his arrest by the Stamford Police Department on March 18, 2011.

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rahul Kale.

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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