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Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR POSSESSING AND SELLING STOLEN FIREARMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD AVILES, 27, of Chestnut Street, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing two stolen firearms.

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.

AVILES’ sentence was enhanced based, in part, on his criminal record, which includes two prior convictions for third degree burglary and one prior conviction for sale of narcotics.

AVILES pleaded guilty to the offense on March 4, 2011.  He has been in federal custody since his arrest in this case on July 7, 2010.

This matter 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 Attorney 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.

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

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