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New Haven Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Loaded 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 TREYVON BATTLE, also known as “Joker,” 27, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded handgun.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 31, 2017, BATTLE fled from a rental truck as a New Haven Police officer was conducting a traffic stop of the vehicle on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.  Pursuing officers located BATTLE and observed him carrying and then discarding a firearm on Truman Street.  Officers apprehended BATTLE shortly thereafter, and then collected the firearm, which was a semiautomatic 9mm handgun loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition.  The gun also had an obliterated serial number.

On August 26, 2010, BATTLE was convicted in state court for the felony offense of “No Pistol Permit” and “Assault Personnel,” on which he received a sentence of 10 years of incarceration, with five years to serve, followed by five years of probation.

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.

BATTLE has been detained since his arrest.  On February 7, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.

The matter was investigated by the New Haven Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

Updated May 8, 2018

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