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Hartford Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack, Violating Supervised Release

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BOBBY HEMINGWAY, 36, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 96 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.


According to court documents and statements made in court, in February 2016, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force received information that HEMINGWAY was distributing crack cocaine in the Enfield Street and Westland Street area of Hartford.  Between February and April 2016, investigators made four controlled purchases of crack from HEMINGWAY.

HEMINGWAY was arrested on April 21, 2016.  On that date, a search of his Westland Street residence revealed a loaded .22 caliber handgun and approximately 26 grams of marijuana.

HEMINGWAY has been detained since his arrest.  On January 23, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base (“crack”).

HEMINGWAY’s criminal history includes five felony convictions, including a conviction for first-degree assault stemming from his role in a drive-by shooting in Hartford in 2008.

In November 23, 2009, HEMINGWAY was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to 44 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  He was released from prison in January 2013 and was on federal supervised release when he engaged in the criminal activity that led to his most recent federal conviction.

Judge Thompson sentenced HEMINGWAY to 84 months of imprisonment on the drug distribution offense, and a consecutive 12 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

Updated October 16, 2017

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