TWO CONNECTICUT MEN CHARGED WITH
STEALING FIREARMS FROM HOME IN COLEBROOK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned a four-count indictment charging MICHAEL KENNEDY, also known as “Chavo,” 24, of Brinley Way, Newington, and EDWARD N. ORTIZ, also known as “Heavy,” 37, of Brook Street, New Britain, with federal offenses stemming from their alleged theft of firearms from a Colebrook residence. The indictment was returned on May 31, 2012.
The indictment alleges that, in May 2011, KENNEDY and ORTIZ entered a residence in Colebrook and stole six firearms. The indictment also alleges that, on May 9, 2011, KENNEDY and ORTIZ illegally possessed these firearms, which they knew had been stolen.
The indictment further alleges that, prior to May 9, 2011, KENNEDY and ORTIZ had each been convicted of multiple state felony offenses, and that ORTIZ had been convicted in federal court for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 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.
KENNEDY and ORTIZ are each charged with one count of conspiracy to steal firearms and to possess stolen firearms, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. Each defendant is also charged with one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon and one count of possession of stolen firearms. Each of these charges carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
KENNEDY and ORTIZ are both detained in state custody on unrelated charges.
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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Connecticut State Police, and the New Britain Police Department. 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 Connecticut residents. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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