Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN MAN ADMITS POSSESSING STOLEN FIREARM
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THOMAS JULIUS, 28, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 21, 2007, JULIUS possessed a Glock Model 21, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. On that date, law enforcement officers discovered the firearm hidden between the mattress and box spring of the bed on which JULIUS was laying at his English Street residence. Subsequent forensic analysis of the firearm, which had previously been reported stolen, revealed DNA that matched JULIUS’ DNA.
At the time of his arrest, JULIUS was wanted for a parole violation and was being sought by the Connecticut Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, made up of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for December 8, 2011, at which time JULIUS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
JULIUS has been detained since his arrest on February 21, 2007.
This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut Board of Parole, the New Haven Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony E. Kaplan.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents in New Haven and other Connecticut cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
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