HARTFORD MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FIVE
YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY PEARSON, 28, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 64 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 30, 2011, PEARSON attempted to purchase $30 worth of marijuana from an individual on Garden Street in Hartford. Believing he had been cheated by the marijuana dealer, PEARSON retrieved a loaded 9mm pistol and fired several shots toward a Garden Street residence. PEARSON then discarded the firearm, which was still loaded with two rounds of ammunition, into the backyard of another residence as he fled from Hartford Police officers. He was arrested shortly thereafter and the firearm was recovered.
PEARSON has admitted that he did not look where he was shooting when he fired the weapon.
Prior to December 2011, PEARSON had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including first degree escape, criminal possession of a weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, and second degree robbery.
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.
PEARSON has been detained since his arrest. On June 28, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities.
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