WEST HAVEN MAN CHARGED WITH
ILLEGALLY POSSESSING BULLET PROOF VEST
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging MARQUIS EVANS, also known as “Quis,” 21, of West Haven, with one count of possession of body armor by a violent felon.
The indictment alleges that, on August 27, 2010, EVANS possessed a bullet proof vest after previously being convicted of a violent felony in Connecticut state court, namely, first degree robbery, on June 8, 2005.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a violent felony to possess or receive a bullet proof vest.
The indictment was returned on August 4. On August 18, EVANS was arrested by New Haven Police on unrelated firearm and marijuana possession charges. Today, EVANS appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport and pleaded not guilty to the federal charge.
If convicted of the federal charge, EVANS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul H. McConnell.
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