Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL GUN CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DERRICK ALLEN, also known as “D-Rock,” 39, of Cleveland Avenue, Hartford, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States Senior District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 27, 2011, ALLEN was arrested by Hartford Police after he was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber pistol. At the time of his arrest, officers also seized approximately 50 grams of crack cocaine from ALLEN’s jacket pocket.
Prior to January 27, 2011, ALLEN had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Georgia and Connecticut, including aggravated assault, first and second degree assault, assault of a public safety personnel and sale of illegal drugs.
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.
Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for November 29, 2011. Because ALLEN has three prior convictions for either a crime of violence or serious drug offense, he qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal and faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life and a fine of up to 15 years.
ALLEN has been detained since his arrest.
This case is being investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi N. Moses.
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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