DERBY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL FIREARM CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALBERT LOPEZ, 42, of Derby, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 2, 2011, a Connecticut State Trooper seized a loaded 9 millimeter pistol from LOPEZ’s waistband.
Prior to that date, LOPEZ had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut state court, and federal courts in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. 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 Eginton has scheduled sentencing for November 27, 2012, at which time LOPEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
LOPEZ was on federal supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon at the time he committed this offense. He has been detained in federal custody since April 15, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Connecticut State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi Moses.
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