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Hartford Felon Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Illegal Gun Possession, Violating Supervised Release

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAMON HILL, 40, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 23, 2018, Hill was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Laurel Street in Hartford.  Responding officers discovered a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the floor in front of the driver’s seat.  Hill was the only occupant of the car.

Hill’s criminal history includes multiple state convictions and a 2006 federal conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).

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.

In September 2006, Hill was sentenced in federal court to 120 months of imprisonment and five years of supervised release.  He was released from prison in May 2014, and was on supervised release when he possessed the firearm.

Hill has been detained since his arrest on October 23, 2018.  On July 16, 2019, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm a by a convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.

This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Updated January 30, 2020

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