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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 21, 2017

Bridgeport Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport has returned an indictment charging TYESHON KING, 30, of Bridgeport, with one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

The indictment was returned on July 12, 2017, and KING was arrested the next day.

The indictment alleges that on March 24, 2017, KING possessed a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and 28 rounds of assorted .40 caliber ammunition, all of which were manufactured out of state.

The indictment further alleges that, in May 2007, KING was convicted in state court of attempted assault in the first degree.

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 charge of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

KING has been detained since his arrest on July 13, 2017.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Vizcarrondo and Alina Reynolds.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated July 21, 2017