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New Haven Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Illegal Gun Possession, Violating Supervised Release

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN SINGH, also known as “Smurf,” 39, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 122 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 14, 2017, the FBI executed a search warrant at SINGH’s resident on Hallock Street in New Haven and seized approximately five grams of crack cocaine, narcotics paraphernalia, and a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol containing a magazine loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition.

This is SINGH’s fourth federal conviction.  In June 2011, he was sentenced in Bridgeport federal court to concurrent sentences of 24 months of imprisonment and five years of supervised release for two crack cocaine distribution offenses and, in July 2015, he was sentenced to 38 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for illegally possessing ammunition and violating the conditions of his supervised release imposed when he was sentenced in 2011.  He was released from federal prison in March 2016.

SINGH also has been convicted in state court for narcotics, weapons, assault, and reckless endangerment offenses.

SINGH has been detained since his arrest on June 14, 2017.  On November 16, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release.

Judge Shea sentenced SINGH to 110 months of imprisonment for the firearm offense, and a consecutive 12 months of imprisonment for violating his supervised release.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Haven Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.

Updated May 3, 2018

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