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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LORENZO CARTER, 21, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 8, 2015, law enforcement officers located a .22 caliber handgun that CARTER had placed on the tire of a vehicle parked on Trumbull Avenue in Bridgeport.  Prior to that date, CARTER had been convicted of carrying a pistol without a permit and illegally receiving a pistol, both felony offenses.

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. 

CARTER has been detained since his arrest on April 8, 2015.  He pleaded guilty on October 14, 2015. 

This matter was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Laraia.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 23, 2016