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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Handgun

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYRELL COX-HENDERSON, 27, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 10, 2019, Cox-Henderson possessed a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver in New Haven.  Prior to that date, Cox-Henderson was convicted in state court of burglary in the third degree, possession of a weapon or a dangerous instrument in a correctional facility, and conspiracy to commit robbery in the third degree.

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.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for December 7, 2020, at which time Cox-Henderson faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Cox-Henderson has been detained since his arrest on April 10, 2019.

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. Attorney Nathaniel J. Gentile.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Updated September 14, 2020

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