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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Hartford Man Allegedly Involved in December Shooting Charged with Violating Supervised Release

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRANDON SPENCE, also known as “Spun,” 33, of Hartford, was arrested today on a criminal complaint charging him with violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.

Following his arrest, Spence appeared via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas O. Farrish, who ordered Spence detained.

On February 5, 2019, Spence was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 24 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Spence, who had been detained since his arrest in June 2018, was released from federal prison in February 2020.

As alleged in court documents, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on December 7, 2020, Hartford Police surveillance cameras captured Spence and another individual engaged in a dispute in a parking lot at 20 Enfield Street.  Spence pulled out a firearm, shot the individual in the leg, and then stole the victim’s vehicle.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

This case is part of 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.

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Updated January 6, 2021