Project Safe Neighborhoods:
BRIDGEPORT MAN WHO ILLEGALLY SOLD
FIREARM SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JONATHAN DeJESUS, 24, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for illegally possessing and selling a firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 30, 2010, DeJESUS sold a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun to an individual working with law enforcement in exchange for $650.
At the time of this offense, DeJESUS was on state probation following a conviction and term of incarceration for selling cocaine.
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 August 29, 2011, DeJESUS pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rahul Kale.
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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