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Press Release

East Hartford Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Offense

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RONDELL JACKSON, also known as “D-Rugs,” 28, of East Hartford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 25, 2014, JACKSON sold a loaded Vektor 9mm semi-automatic pistol to another individual in exchange for $550.  The firearm had been reported stolen to the East Hartford Police Department in November 2013 in connection with a burglary complaint.

JACKSON was arrested on October 29, 2014.

JACKSON’s criminal history includes several state felony convictions, including convictions for robbery, possession of narcotics and sexual assault.  He was on state probation at the time of the offense.

Judge Shea scheduled for sentencing for October 30, 2015, at which time JACKSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Hartford Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni.

Updated May 27, 2015