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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Man Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison for Distributing Crack on Supervised Release

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that SHAUN HAWKINS, 44, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 39 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine while he on federal supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2009, Hawkins was sentenced in Bridgeport federal court to 96 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for obstruction of justice.  In that case, Hawkins engaged in a scheme to pay a witness not to testify in an ongoing grand jury investigation related to Hawkins’ participation in a violent home invasion robbery in Hartford.  After Hawkins completed his federal sentence in March 2016, he was transferred to state custody to serve a consecutive sentence for robbery and burglary offenses related to the home invasion.  He was released from prison in March 2018 and began serving his three-year term of federal supervised release.

In July 2019, after a spate of gun violence in Hartford, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force, DEA, Hartford Police Department and other law enforcement agencies initiated an investigation targeting gang-related drug distribution and associated violence in north Hartford.  In August and September 2019, investigators made three controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Hawkins in Hartford.

Hawkins was arrested on September 13, 2019.  On October 21, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base (“crack”).

Judge Thompson sentenced Hawkins to 15 months of imprisonment for distributing crack, and a consecutive 24-month prison term for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

Hawkins, who is residing in Windsor Locks while released on bond, is required to report to prison on August 6, 2021.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Cherry.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 7, 2021