Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NOEL PEREZ, 22, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 29, 2018, Hartford Police stopped a vehicle Perez was driving on Wadsworth Street. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Sig Sauer P2022 .40 caliber handgun, which had a laser sight attached to its barrel.
Perez’s criminal history includes felony convictions in state court for assault, burglary and larceny offenses.
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.
Perez has been detained since his arrest.
Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for February 27, 2019, at which time Perez faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
This investigation has been conducted by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.
This prosecution 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.