HARTFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION, CRACK DISTRIBUTION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DERRICK ALLEN, also known as “D-Rock,” 40, of Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for illegal gun possession and crack distribution.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 27, 2011, ALLEN possessed a .45 caliber pistol. On that date, he also possessed approximately 50 grams of crack cocaine.
Prior to January 27, 2011, ALLEN had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Georgia and Connecticut, including aggravated assault, first and second degree assault, assault of a public safety personnel and sale of illegal drugs.
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 Burns sentenced ALLEN 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.
ALLEN has been detained since his arrest on January 27, 2011. On September 7, 2011, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
This matter was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi N. Moses.
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