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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bridgeport Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYESHON KING, 31, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 24, 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department conducted a court-authorized search of KING’s Bridgeport residence and seized a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been reported stolen in Bridgeport in 2015.  Investigators also seized items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

KING’s criminal history includes a state conviction in May 2007 for attempted assault in the first degree.  He received a sentence of 15 years of incarceration, suspended after three years, on that conviction.

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.

KING has been detained since his federal arrest on July 13, 2017.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on November 19, 2018, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and Bridgeport Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Vizcarrondo and Dave Vatti.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 30, 2018