BRISTOL MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced today that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging WAYNE EVANGELISTA, also known as “Wayne Nance,” 33, of Kelley Street, Bristol, with three counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The Indictment was returned yesterday, March 14.
The indictment alleges that, on March 22, 2011, April 9, 2011, and April 28, 2011, EVANGELISTA possessed three different firearms. The indictment further alleges that, prior to that date, EVANGELISTA had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut state court and federal court in Connecticut. Specifically, the indictment alleges that EVANGELISTA has been convicted of criminal possession of a firearm (twice), third degree burglary, second degree forgery, bank fraud, and both first and second degree larceny.
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.
If convicted of this charge, EVANGELISTA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
EVANGELISTA was arrested today and was ordered detained pending a bond hearing scheduled for March 28, 2012.
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 Connecticut State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 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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