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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hartford Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Robbery and Gun Offenses Stemming from Drug-Related Shooting

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RANDY PARKMAN, 43, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 204 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbery and firearm offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 22, 2018, Parkman shot and seriously wounded an individual after he robbed that individual of drugs and money at 149 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.  At the time, the location was being used as a “trap house” by a drug trafficking organization.  After the shooting, Parkman sold the gun he used.

In August 2018, Parkman stole a Taurus, Model 444, .44 caliber revolver from a motor vehicle in Hartford.  It is alleged that he then used the stolen gun on October 5, 2018, in a shooting incident at 183 Wethersfield Avenue, and then again on October 8, 2018, when he shot and wounded an individual in Hartford’s South Green Park.

On October 22, 2018, Parkman was arrested at an apartment where he had been staying.  Investigators recovered the stolen .44 caliber firearm during a search of the apartment

Parkman has been detained since his arrest.  On January 27, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery, and one count of possession and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Parkman’s criminal history includes numerous felony convictions for larceny, burglary and other offenses.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, Shooting Task Force and Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Division provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

This case was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian P. Leaming and Margaret M. Donovan.

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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated June 24, 2020