New Haven Man Charged With Federal Firearm Offense
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment today charging KAVON ROGERS, 27, of New Haven, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
As alleged in the indictment and previously-filed court documents, on September 27, 2014, ROGERS was arrested by officers with the New Haven Police after he was found in possession of a stolen Smith and Wesson .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun. Prior to that date, ROGERS had sustained felony convictions.
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.
If convicted of the charge, ROGERS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
ROGERS has been detained since his arrest.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Laraia and Anthony Kaplan.
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