Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ARMANDO GONZALEZ, also known as “Doughboy,” 29, of Lisbon Street, Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 30, 2011, GONZALEZ possessed a .40 caliber handgun. The firearm was seized during the execution of a search warrant of GONZALEZ’s apartment. On that date, law enforcement officers also seized 14 marijuana plants and 859 baggies of heroin.
Prior to June 30, 2011, GONZALEZ had been convicted of criminal possession of a firearm and first degree larceny, 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 Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for December 30, 2011, at which time GONZALEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
GONZALEZ has been detained since his arrest on June 30, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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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