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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than 4 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHARLES YOUNG, 30, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 50 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 25, 2015, YOUNG was arrested after he had engaged law enforcement officers in a high-speed car chase that began in Bridgeport’s east end, continued on I-95 South and ended when YOUNG crashed into a snow bank after exited the highway in Fairfield.  During the chase, a witness saw YOUNG throw something from his car in the vicinity of Exit 24 in Fairfield.  A search of the area revealed a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber firearm.

At the time of his arrest, YOUNG was on state probation following his conviction in 2010 for criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.  On October 9, 2015, he was found to have violated his probation and was sentenced to five years of imprisonment.

YOUNG has been detained since his arrest.  On January 22, 2016, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Shea ordered YOUNG’s federal sentence to run concurrently with his state sentence.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Connecticut State Police’s Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Fairfield Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Leaming and David Nelson.

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Updated May 16, 2016