Project Safe Neighborhoods:
MERIDEN MAN SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LARRY LEE, 30, of Meriden, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. LEE pleaded guilty to the offense on May 13, 2011.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 15, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a court-authorized search warrant at LEE’s Broad Street residence and recovered one Ruger P90DC .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, 20 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, more than eight pounds of marijuana, more than $28,000 in U.S. currency, drug packaging materials, and an electronic money counter.
LEE’s criminal history includes two state felony convictions.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
LEE has been in federal custody since his arrest on March 22, 2011.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Meriden Police Department, Hamden Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Branford Police Department, West Haven Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc H. Silverman.
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.
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