New Milford Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Offense
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LEONARD SIKORSKI, 60, of New Milford, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of illegal possession of a firearm bearing an obliterated serial number.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2015, SIKORSKI transported three rifles, two shotguns and 1,561 live rounds of ammunition to a pair of storage lockers he rented in Danbury. On October 22, 2015, SIKORSKI admitted to investigating agents that he had placed several firearms in those storage lockers, and gave the agents consent to search and seize the items. One of the items, a 12 gauge Remington shotgun, had an obliterated serial number.
SIKORSKI agreed to forfeit and abandon the firearms and ammunition seized from his storage lockers based on federal laws barring unlawful users of controlled substances from possessing firearms. SIKORSKI also agreed to surrender to the FBI five additional handguns and two additional rifles seized by the Naugatuck and New Milford police during separate car stops of SIKORSKI.
SIKORSKI is scheduled to be sentenced on January 13, 2017, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
SIKORSKI is currently in state custody serving a sentence for illegally possessing explosives.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Connecticut State Police and New Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Kopel.