Project Safe Neighborhoods:
TWO EASTERN CONNECTICUT MEN CHARGED WITH
STEALING FIREARMS FROM HOMES AROUND CONNECTICUT
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a five-count indictment today charging BERNARD McALLISTER, 41, of Nora Street, Lisbon, and MARK MISSINO, also known as “Mark Houston” and “Mark Serano,” 44, of Shore Road, Waterford, with federal offenses stemming from their alleged theft of firearms from Connecticut residences.
The indictment alleges that, between November 2008 and November 2010, McALLISTER and MISSINO entered multiple residences in Connecticut, stole firearms and then stored the firearms at a storage facility in East Lyme. The indictment also alleges that, on November 13, 2011, McALLISTER and MISSINO possessed 17 firearms, nine of which they knew had been stolen.
The indictment further alleges that, prior to November 13, 2011, McALLISTER and MISSINO had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in several states. 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.
McALLISTER and MISSINO are each charged with one count of conspiracy to steal firearms and to possess stolen firearms, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. Each defendant is also charged with one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon and one count of possession of stolen firearms. Each of these charges carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. In addition, each defendant may be subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law imposing severe penalties for firearm and ammunition possession by persons who have been convicted of at least three violent felonies or serious drug offenses. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act, McALLISTER and MISSINO could face a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of life, if convicted.
McALLISTER and MISSINO have been detained since November 18, 2010, when they were arrested in Massachusetts on related charges. They were extradited to Connecticut on December 16, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Connecticut State Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and the East Lyme, Greenwich, Madison, Guilford, Glastonbury, North Branford and Wallingford Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Sarah P. Karwan.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of Connecticut residents. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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