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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALLEN EVANS, 35, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 23, 2020, Hartford Police stopped a car in which Evans was a passenger.  Evans was arrested after a search of his person revealed a loaded Taurus Model 85 “.38 Special” handgun, and a search of the vehicle revealed additional ammunition.

At the time of his arrest, Evans was on state probation following a conviction in 2018 for possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

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.

Evans has been detained since his arrest.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for December 14, 2021.

This matter was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated September 21, 2021