NORWICH MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYRONE HILL, 26, of Norwich, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On February 25, 2010, a jury found HILL guilty of one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, on March 31, 2008, HILL threatened to confront the mother of his child with a firearm and was driving to her residence when police stopped the car. A search of the vehicle revealed a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, loaded with hollow-point ammunition and wrapped in a bandana, in the car’s glove compartment.
Subsequent forensic analysis of the bandana revealed the presence of HILL’s DNA.
Prior to March 31, 2008, HILL sustained four felony convictions in the Connecticut Superior Court, including convictions for robbery, burglary, harassment, and violating a protective order.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New London Police Department and the Norwich Police Departments. Expert testimony concerning DNA analysis was provided by the State of Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David E. Novick and Michael J. Gustafson.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents in 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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