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PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KOUWANII BRUNSTORFF, also known as “Legend,” “Kouwanni Bornstorff,” “Kouwani Brunstorff,” and “Kawwani Brunstorff,” 35, of New London, was sentenced on Friday, August 10, to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for illegally possessing firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 22, 2011, New London police responding to a complaint of a domestic disturbance at BRUNSTORFF’s State Street residence encountered BRUNSTORFF and observed in his apartment .357 and .380 caliber ammunition, as well as narcotics paraphernalia.  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.  The revolver had been reported as stolen.

BRUNSTORFF’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions, including convictions for robbery in the first degree (which arose from his commission of a robbery at gunpoint), assaulting guards and a fellow prisoner while incarcerated on the robbery conviction, and possession of crack cocaine.

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 BRUNSTORFF 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 or crimes of violence.

BRUNSTORFF has been detained since his arrest on March 22, 2011.  On March 30, 2012, he pleaded guilty to possession of two firearms by a previously convicted felon.

This case was 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.           

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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