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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Waterbury Man Sentenced To 42 Months In Federal Prison For Illegal Gun Possession


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHRISTOPHER BRYAN COLEMAN, 25, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 42 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 22, 2014, officers from the Waterbury Police Department responded to a complaint of a disturbance at 1298 N. Main Street in Waterbury.  There, the complainant told police that her car had broken down and, while she was awaiting assistance, a male had attempted to gain entry to her vehicle.  As one of the officers drove up to the male, who was later identified as COLEMAN, the officer observed COLEMAN remove a firearm from his waist area and throw it over a chain link fence.  Officers then recovered an RG14 .22 caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number, loaded with six rounds, three of which were live and three of which were expended.

Prior to that date, COLEMAN had been convicted of sale of controlled substance, escape in the first degree, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

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.

COLEMAN has been detained since his arrest on April 22.  On September 23, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Waterbury Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.

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