NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSING SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEVIN MILLS, 23, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On January 12, 2012, a jury found MILLS guilty of one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, on March 27, 2011, MILLS, Carl S. Harvey, Jr. and two other individuals were arrested by Monroe Police after a high-speed motor vehicle chase, which ended when the defendants crashed on Route 34 at the approach of the Stevenson Dam in Monroe. Harvey was driving the car and MILLS was a passenger in the front seat. Following the crash, MILLS was found unconscious with a loaded, sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun between his knees. MILLS was subsequently removed from the vehicle by the Monroe Fire Department, and he and the other occupants of the vehicle were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. A search of the car and other passengers also revealed a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and narcotics.
Prior to March 2011, MILLS and Harvey had sustained multiple felony convictions. 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.
Judge Bryant sentenced MILLS pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years for convicted felons who possess firearms or ammunition, and who have at least three prior felony convictions for serious drug offenses and/or crimes of violence.
On January 3, 2012, Harvey pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. On April 18, he was sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment.
The other two passengers in the car were convicted of state weapons and narcotics offenses.
This case was investigated by the Monroe Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo and Assistant United States Attorney S. Dave Vatti. The state cases have been prosecuted by the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Judicial District of Bridgeport/Fairfield.
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