HARTFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING AMMUNITION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FELIX CARTAGENA, 30, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon. CARTAGENA pleaded guilty to the offense on May 16, 2012.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 26, 2011, Hartford police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the “Old Dutch Point Projects” area of Hartford. Officers arriving in the area where the shots reportedly were fired observed CARTAGENA and two other men acting suspiciously around an exterior stairwell of an apartment building. All three were arrested after a search of the stairwell revealed a 9mm handgun. A search of CARTEGENA’s person revealed two rounds of 9mm caliber ammunition in his pants pocket.
CARTAGENA had previously been convicted of multiple felony drug trafficking offenses and first degree assault. 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.
This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
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