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June 5, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JILLIAN JALKANEN, also known as Jill L. Jalkanen, 31, of New London, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of misprision of a felony.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 23, 2011, New London police responding to a complaint of a domestic disturbance at the State Street residence of Kouwanii Brunstorff and JALKANEN observed .357 and .380 caliber ammunition, as well as narcotics paraphernalia, in the apartment.  A subsequent court-authorized search of the apartment revealed a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number and, secreted in the wall of the bathroom, a loaded .357 revolver wrapped in a cloth.

In pleading guilty, JALKANEN admitted that she failed to notify law enforcement that Brunstorff, a convicted felon, was in possession of the firearms, and that she had taken steps to conceal the crime.

Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for September 6, 2012, at which time JALKANEN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Brunstorff, who pleaded guilty on March 30, 2012, to being a convicted felon in possession of two firearms, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, 2012.  Based on his prior felony convictions for assault, robbery and narcotics offenses, he will be sentenced pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law imposing severe penalties for firearm or ammunition possession by persons who have been convicted of at least three violent felonies or serious drug offenses.  A defendant who qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of life.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New London Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.

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.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722



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