FAIRFIELD FELON SENTENCED TO 87 MONTHS IN
PRISON FOR POSSESSING FIREARMS, AMMUNITION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ARTHUR PRESTON, 22, of Fairfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing and unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 24, 2011, PRESTON, Kurt Schneider and Anthony Rodriguez stole six firearms, 32 rounds of hollow point ammunition and other items from a residence in Fairfield.
Prior to October 24, 2011, PRESTON had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including robbery, assault and burglary. 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.
The stolen ammunition was recovered during a search of PRESTON’s residence on October 31, 2011, and PRESTON was arrested on November 7, 2011. After his arrest, PRESTON assisted law enforcement in locating the stolen firearms.
PRESTON has been detained since his arrest. On September 17, 2012, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
Schneider previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm and, on October 24, 2012, he was sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment. Rodriguez, who has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition, awaits sentencing.
This case has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairfield Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tracy Dayton and Michael J. Gustafson.
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