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Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison for Possessing Loaded Handguns in Enfield

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KELVIN PETERS, 42, of Hartford was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded handgun.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 9, 2018, Enfield Police stopped a car in which Peters was a passenger.  A search of the vehicle revealed two loaded firearms, a Bersa Thunder 380 handgun and a High Point Model C9 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number.  Peters admitted in an interview with officers that the guns were his.

Peters’ criminal history includes multiple convictions in state court for drug offenses, and a 2004 federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Peters has been detained since his federal arrest on August 1, 2018.  On October 15, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Enfield Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

This case is part of 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.

Updated May 8, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods