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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Hartford Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALLEN EVANS, 35, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 16 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 23, 2020, Hartford Police stopped a car in which Evans was a passenger.  Evans was arrested after a search of his person revealed a loaded Taurus Model 85 “.38 Special” handgun, and a search of the vehicle revealed additional ammunition.

At the time of his arrest, Evans was on state probation following a conviction in 2018 for possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

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.

Evans has been in custody since March 12, 2021.  He pleaded guilty on September 21.

This matter was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang.

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.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated February 15, 2022