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Press Release

Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DURE DANCY, 25, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding occurred via videoconference.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 16, 2019, Hartford Police arrested Dancy after they found him in possession of a loaded Sig Sauer .45 caliber pistol that contained seven live .45 caliber rounds of ammunition.  The gun had been reported stolen in North Carolina.

In 2017, Dancy was convicted in state court of carrying a pistol without a permit.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Dancy is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on October 28, 2020, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Dancy has been detained since his arrest.

This case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’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 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 July 8, 2020

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