Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN MAN PLEADS TO ILLEGAL AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MOKELL HULL, 35, of Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 22, 2011, New Haven Police Officers executed a search warrant at HULL’s apartment, at which point he was found to be in possession of 237 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.
Prior to February 22, 2011, HULL had been convicted in state court of sale of a controlled substance and weapon in a motor vehicle, both felonies. 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 Bryant has scheduled sentencing for December 13, 2011, at which time HULL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
HULL was arrested on June 13, 2011, at which point he was released on a $100,000 bond. Today, Judge Bryant revoked HULL’s bond and remanded him to custody after he attempted to hide a bottle of urine on his person in anticipation of a drug test.
This case was investigated by the New Haven Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
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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