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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hartford Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARTIN NUNEZ, 41, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 15, 2018, state parole officers, with the assistance of Hartford Police, conducted a compliance check of Nunez at his residence.  A search of the residence revealed a .380 caliber handgun, a firearm magazine, and five rounds of ammunition in a dresser drawer in Nunez’s bedroom.  Nunez was arrested at that time.

Nunez’s criminal history includes a state conviction for assault in the first degree, and multiple convictions for distributing narcotics.

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.

On June 27, 2019, Nunez pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Nunez has been detained in state custody since his arrest.  He will begin serving his 21-month federal sentenced today.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The FBI Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.

This prosecution has been brought though 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.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated September 18, 2019