Project Safe Neighborhoods:
WATERBURY MAN SENTENCED TO 87 MONTHS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTONIO VILLANUEVA, also known as “Anthony,” 33, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon. VILLANUEVA pleaded guilty to the offense on April 20, 2011.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 16, 2010, VILLANUEVA sold two firearms and offered to sell an additional four firearms at a later date to an individual working with law enforcement. Both of the firearms purchased on July 16, 2010 had traveled in interstate commerce prior to that date.
VILLANUEVA’s criminal history includes multiple 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.
VILLANUEVA has been detained since his arrest on February 18, 2011.
This case was investigated by 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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