NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN SEVEN
YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that IRVIN DRAUGHN, 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 13, 2010, in New Haven, DRAUGHN sold a loaded Taurus model 669, .357 caliber revolver to an individual working with law enforcement.
Prior to December 2010, DRAUGHN had sustained multiple felony convictions, including a 1996 conviction for first degree assault stemming from his shooting of an individual as the victim tried to flee. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
On June 4, 2011, DRAUGHN was arrested in West Haven after a search of a car in which he was a passenger revealed a loaded .32 caliber handgun and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. He has been detained since his arrest.
On March 6, 2012, DRAUGHN 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, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo.
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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