Project Safe Neighborhoods:
VERMONT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL FIREARMS DEALING
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KYLE FARACE, 25, of Brattleboro, Vt., pleaded guilty today before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of dealing in firearms without a license.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on at least three separate occasions between April and June 2011, FARACE, who is not a licensed firearms dealer, transferred five firearms to someone he believed to be a convicted felon and who resided in a different state.
It is a violation of federal law for a person to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, to sell firearms to a convicted felon, or to transfer a firearm to a person residing in a different state.
In pleading guilty, FARACE also admitted that he illegally possessed and distributed marijuana in April and May 2011.
Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for March 26, 2012, at which time FARACE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hartford Police Department, the East Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. The ATF and DEA in Burlington, Vt., the Addison County (Vt.) Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont have assisted the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi Moses.
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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