East Windsor Gun Store Employee Pleads Guilty
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KRYSTOPHER DIBELLA, 25, of West Suffield, pleaded guilty yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of aiding and abetting the failure to make a proper entry on an ATF Form 4473, a form that must be completed by individuals who purchase firearms from federally-licensed firearms dealers.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately 2008 to August 2012, DIBELLA was employed at Riverview Gun Sales, which used to be a federally-licensed firearms dealer in East Windsor. On several occasions during his employment at Riverview Gun Sales, DIBELLA transferred firearms to individuals who failed to respond to certain questions on the ATF Form 4473.
The charge against DIBELLA stems from a sale that occurred on March 15, 2010. On that date, DIBELLA failed to have a purchaser of a firearm, who was a non-immigrant alien, answer a question on the form regarding United States citizenship.
Judge Fitzsimmons has scheduled sentencing for September 16, 2013, at which time DIBELLA faces a maximum penalty of one year of imprisonment, five years of probation and a $100,000 fine. The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of three years of probation. As part of this agreement, DIBELLA will not apply for a Federal Firearms License (FFL) or to be a responsible party for an FFL for the entire probationary term.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.
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