Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO 43 MONTHS
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING GUNS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CRAIG LINTON, also known as “Play,” 23, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 43 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon. LINTON pleaded guilty to the offense on January 7, 2011.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on or about March 26, 2010, LINTON sold a Romarm semi-automatic rifle to an individual who was working with law enforcement. On April 19, 2010, LINTON sold a New England Firearms 20-gauge shotgun to the same individual. Both of the firearms had travelled in interstate commerce prior to their respective controlled purchases.
LINTON has previously been convicted of a state felony offense. 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.
LINTON has been detained since his arrest on June 7, 2010.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and 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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