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Hartford Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Possessing Sawed-Off Firearm, Bullet Proof Vest

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KIEJUAN HAUGABOOK, 35, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a sawed-off firearm and a bullet proof vest.  HAUGABOOK also was ordered to perform 75 hours of community service during his term of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 2012, HAUGABOOK escaped from a halfway house in Hartford where he had been serving out the end of a nine-year prison term for armed robbery.  On February 3, 2014, a parole officer found HAUGABOOK in an apartment in Hartford.  Upon entering the apartment, the parole officer noticed a firearm in plain view and contacted the Hartford Police Department.  Hartford Police arrived at the apartment and seized a Harrington & Richardson, Model Topper 158, firearm with a sawed-off barrel, as well as ammunition, a Point Blank ballistic vest and a stun gun.

HAUGABOOK’s criminal history includes state convictions for first and third degree robbery, possession of narcotics and carrying a pistol without permit.  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. It is also a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a violent felony offense to possess body armor that has moved in interstate commerce.

On February 3, 2015, HAUGABOOK pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a sawed-off firearm by a convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ndidi Moses and Anastasia King.

Updated May 5, 2015