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Hartford Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Ammunition

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL LEDBETTER, 26, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing ammunition.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 27, 2016, members of Hartford Police were dispatched to a residence on Nelson Street on a report of a possible domestic assault.  LEDBETTER left the residence before police arrived.  A short time later, an officer located LEDBETTER in a vehicle on Barbour Street.  After LEDBETTER was secured in handcuffs, an officer conducted a pat down of his person and discovered one .40 caliber Hornady live round in LEDBETTER’s right front pocket.

In April 2014, LEDBETTER was convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of six counts of accessory to first degree assault.  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.

LEDBETTER has been detained since his arrest on a federal criminal complaint on February 12, 2017.  On July 7, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

This investigation was conducted by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney John F. Fahey of the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office, who has been cross designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in this matter.

Updated November 17, 2017

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