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New Haven Man Sentenced to 45 Months in Federal Prison for Firearm and Narcotics Offenses

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL DAVIS, also known as “Clep,” “Clip,” and “Michael Smith,” 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 45 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for firearm and narcotics offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 4, 2018, Davis was told to leave the premises of a New Haven bar after he argued with a bouncer.  Davis then went outside, pulled a handgun out of his pants, loaded an extended magazine into the firearm and threatened to shoot the bar owner.

Davis was arrested on December 7, 2018.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed distribution quantities of heroin and cocaine.  A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed a Smith & Wesson SD 40 handgun.

Davis’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions for narcotics offenses and a conviction for escape in the first 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.

On April 30, 2019, Davis pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Gentile.

Updated August 12, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses