WEST HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING BULLET PROOF VEST AND FIREARM
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARQUIS EVANS, also known as “Quis,” 23, of West Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a bullet proof vest.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 8, 2005, EVANS was convicted in Connecticut state court of first-degree robbery.
On August 27, 2010, as part of a controlled purchase by law enforcement, EVANS transferred a backpack containing a bullet proof vest to an individual working with law enforcement.
On August 18, 2011, New Haven police officers stopped a vehicle EVANS was driving at the intersection of Cedar Street and Columbus Avenue in New Haven. EVANS was arrested after officers recovered a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Federal law prohibits a person previously convicted of a violent felony to possess or receive a bullet proof vest that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce, and also prohibits a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
On December 13, 2011, EVANS pleaded guilty to one count of possession of body armor by a violent felon, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul H. McConnell.
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