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Hartford Man Sentenced to 55 Months for Gun and Drug Offenses

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FRANCISCO FRANCESCHINI, 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 55 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for firearm possession and drug distribution offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 8, 2021, a court-authorized search of Franceschini’s residence revealed a loaded 9mm handgun, a loaded .380 caliber handgun, and approximately 44 grams of crack cocaine.

Franceschini’s criminal history includes multiple state convictions for firearm and narcotics 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.

Franceschini has been detained in federal custody since September 23, 2021.  On March 18, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force, the Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David T. Huang.

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.

Updated August 5, 2022

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