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District of Connecticut

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 28 Years in Federal Prison for Murder

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TRUMAINE HEARST, also known as “Man,” 21, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 336 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his involvement in the October 2012 murder of Dawayne Cobb in Bridgeport.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 10, 2012, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Dawayne Cobb was discovered in the driver seat of an idling vehicle in the vicinity of 220 Sunshine Circle in Bridgeport.  Cobb had gunshot wounds in his shoulder and abdomen.

HEARST has admitted that, on that date, he and Johnnie Jefferson, also known as “Jeezy,” planned to rob Cobb of marijuana.  HEARST and Jefferson then drove to Sunshine Circle to meet Cobb, murdered him and stole from him a jar containing approximately two ounces of marijuana.  HEARST and Jefferson transported the stolen marijuana to a Bridgeport residence and subsequently distributed it amongst themselves and others.

On November 10, 2014, HEARST pleaded guilty to one count of causing the death of Dawayne Cobb through the use of a firearm.

Jefferson pleaded guilty to the same charge on November 3, 2014, and awaits sentencing.

HEARST and Jefferson have been detained since July 16, 2013.

U.S. Attorney Daly noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.

This matter was investigated by Bridgeport Police Department and the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracy Dayton and Rahul Kale.

Updated May 19, 2015