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New Haven Man Sentenced to 51 Months for Possessing Gun and Drugs While on Federal Supervised Release

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

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RONNELL ROGERS, 28, of New Haven, was sentenced today via videoconference by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for narcotics distribution and firearm possession offenses, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 2019, Rogers was released from federal prison after serving approximately 17 months for unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon.  On January 17, 2021, while he was on federal supervised release, Rogers was arrested in New Haven on after officers searched his car and found distribution quantities of fentanyl and crack cocaine, and a loaded Smith & Wesson .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  The firearm had been reported stolen in Virginia.

In addition to his prior federal conviction, Rogers’ criminal history includes state convictions for firearm, larceny and risk of injury offenses.

Rogers has been detained since his federal arrest on January 28, 2021.  On September 2, 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Hall sentenced Rogers to 37 months of imprisonment for the narcotics and firearm offenses, and an additional 14 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

This matter was 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. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated January 5, 2022

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