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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gun Possession

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS, 37, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 25, 2018, Waterbury Police arrested Saunders on Buckingham Street after he was found in possession of a loaded Glock, Model 21, .45 caliber pistol.  Saunders also possessed several rounds of .223 caliber rifle ammunition in his pocket.

The pistol had been reported stolen in Vermont in April 2017.

In 2013, Saunders was convicted in Florida of felony burglary and theft offenses.

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.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for June 25, 2019, at which time Saunders faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Saunders has been detained since his arrest.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Waterbury Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

This prosecution has been brought though Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated April 3, 2019