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Bridgeport Man Previously Convicted of Murder Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Gun

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ORTEXIS RAMOS, 34, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Omar A. Williams in Hartford to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as 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 Taurus G2C 9mm semiautomatic handgun with a high-capacity magazine that was loaded with 9mm ammunition.

In 2005, Ramos was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment, and he was on state parole at the time of his arrest in September 2022.

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.

Ramos has been detained since his arrest.  On November 1, 2023, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case was 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 January 29, 2024

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