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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jewett City Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Acquiring Guns and Ammunition

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRIAN FLETCHER, 35, of Jewett City, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 72months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for the illegal straw purchase of a .308 rifle and his unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 22, 2013, a court-authorized search of FLETCHER’s residence revealed a Savage Arms, Axis XP .308 rifle, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber VE Handgun, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver, as well as multiple rounds of ammunition and weapon magazines.

The investigation revealed that the .308 rifle was purchased in January 2013 by another individual at a sporting goods store in Lisbon.  FLETCHER engaged in the straw purchase and financed the transaction, which was captured on in-store surveillance video.

The .40 caliber handgun had been stolen from an owner in Oakdale, and the .38 caliber revolver had been stolen from an owner in Waterford.

The investigation further revealed that on multiple occasions in 2013, FLETCHER made unlawful efforts to obtain, and in some instances he successfully obtained, multiple rounds of different kinds of ammunition.

FLETCHER had previously been convicted of felonies in the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut, including accessory to robbery in the first degree, hindering prosecution in the second degree, possession of a pistol without a permit, and attempted assault in the first degree. 

It is a violation of federal law to knowingly possess a stolen firearm, or for a convicted felon to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

FLETCHER has been detained since his arrest on November 22, 2013.  On April 2, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Reynolds.  The Norwich Police Department and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Narducci of the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office in New London assisted the investigation and prosecution of this matter.

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Updated January 13, 2016