New Haven Man Charged With Illegal Gun Possession
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment today charging ANTHONY REID, 26, of New Haven, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The indictment alleges that on October 20, 2014, REID possessed a semi-automatic rifle.
Prior to October 2014, it is alleged that REID 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, REID faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of the semi-automatic rifle, as well as 101 rounds of ammunition that were seized on October 20, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the 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. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Laraia and David Nelson.
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