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Bridgeport Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Possession Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ORTEXIS RAMOS, 34, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Omar A. Williams in Hartford to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 16, 2022, Bridgeport Police encountered Ramos, who was a passenger in an unregistered car that was stopped at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Walnut Street in Bridgeport.  When officers ordered Ramos to exit the vehicle, he attempted to flee.  Ramos was apprehended a short distance away, and a search of his person revealed a loaded Taurus G2C 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

In 2005, Ramos was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment.  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 Williams scheduled sentencing for January 29, 2024, at which time Ramos faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.

Ramos has been detained since his arrest.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ross Weingarten and Karen L. Peck through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 2, 2023

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