Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN FELON WHO SOLD GUN
SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRIAN REDD, also known as “Malik,” 28, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing and selling a firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 21, 2010, REDD and Jermaine Diggs, also known as “Tito” and “Main,” sold a Kahr Arms 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol to an individual who was working with law enforcement. The sale occurred in the vicinity of Truman and West Streets in New Haven.
REDD, who is a member of the Grape Street Crips street gang in New Haven, has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses. 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.
On November 11, 2010, REDD pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
Today, Judge Chatigny ordered the federal sentence to run consecutively to a two-year jail term that REDD is currently serving on a state firearm conviction, which is scheduled to expire on April 26, 2013.
REDD has been in state custody since his arrest on April 2, 2010.
On February 17, 2011, Diggs was sentenced to 63 months of imprisonment for his role in this gun sale and the separate sale of a gun and body armor.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Haven Police Department and the Bridgeport Police Department pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher M. Mattei.
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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