SHOOTER OF STAMFORD POLICE OFFICER
SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EPHRAIM GOITOM, also known as “Fay Fay,” 29, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 300 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal drug and firearm offenses. In December 2010, GOITOM shot and wounded a Stamford Police officer.
“Law enforcement officers bravely serve society every day, and this case is a stark reminder of the dangers they face simply for doing their jobs,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein stated. “We are indebted to Sergeant Gasparino and his colleagues.”
“The efforts by the United States Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the City of Stamford Police Department have had a monumental effect on crime and served as a deterrent by the seeking and achieving of maximum penalties for violent offenders,” stated Stamford Police Chief Robert Nivakoff. “The message should be clear that the United States Attorney’s Office will assist the Stamford Police Department in pursuing violent offenders, whose subsequent incarceration will be swift, certain and lengthy.”
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 9, 2010, Stamford Police officers were dispatched to the vicinity of GOITOM’s former residence on Lockwood Avenue in Stamford to respond to a report of shots fired. Based upon the investigation, officers determined that GOITOM and an individual identified as David Paul had an altercation at GOITOM’s residence that morning. As Paul fled, GOITOM fired at Paul but missed.
Later that day, officers obtained a search warrant for GOITOM’s residence. As officers attempted to execute the warrant, GOITOM, who was inside his residence, fired a single gunshot through the backdoor striking Sergeant Richard Gasparino in the face and neck. Sergeant Gasparino was rushed to the hospital for treatment. He received more than 100 stitches and has permanent scarring on his face and neck.
After GOITOM was taken into custody, officers entered his residence and recovered phencyclidine (“PCP”) packaged for sale, a digital scale, narcotics packaging paraphernalia, a .357 revolver containing two spent casings and four live rounds, and a box of .357 ammunition. The gun was later determined to have been stolen in 1997 from a residence in Alabama.
GOITOM has been detained since his arrest by the Stamford Police Department on December 9, 2010. On April 26, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine, and one count of use of a firearm in relation to a narcotics trafficking offense.
GOITOM also has pleaded guilty in state court to a charge of first degree assault. GOITOM is scheduled to be sentenced later this month, and his federal and state sentences will run concurrently.
GOITOM will serve his sentence in a federal prison. U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter was investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney David B. Fein and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Dayton, in coordination with the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents in 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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