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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hartford Man Sentenced to 85 Months in Prison for Possessing Loaded Handgun While on Supervised Release

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAHEEN THOMPSON, 41, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 85 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm while on federal supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the early morning of August 7, 2016, Hartford Police officers arrested Thompson after they encountered him in a parked car outside of a nightclub in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol and distribution quantities of marijuana and pentylone.

Thompson’s criminal history includes multiple state felony convictions, and a federal conviction in 2007 for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).  Thompson was on federal supervised release at the time of his arrest.

Thompson has been detained since his arrest.  On November 4, 2020, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Thompson sentenced Thompson to 60 months of imprisonment for the firearm offense, and a consecutive 25 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated February 4, 2021