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Press Release

July 1, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
MERIDEN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLES

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KENNEDY JOHNSON, 33, formerly of Twiss Street, Meriden, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 105 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling two high-powered, semi-automatic rifles to an undercover law enforcement officer.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 17, 2009, JOHNSON sold a Colt .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle to an undercover law enforcement officer.  On October 8, 2009, JOHNSON sold a Romarm/Cugir 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle to the undercover officer.

On October 21, 2010, JOHNSON pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  As part of his plea, JOHNSON acknowledged that he had engaged in the business of unlawfully dealing in firearms.

JOHNSON has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses including, robbery, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and sale of narcotics.

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.

JOHNSON has been detained since his arrest on December 17, 2009.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The DEA Task Force includes officers from the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden and Branford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and S. Dave Vatti.

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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