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Winsted Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearm Offenses

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAMES CAVE, 46, of Winsted, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for federal firearm offenses. 

According to court documents and statement made in court, in 2014 and early 2015, CAVE obtained a Norinco semi-automatic rifle, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun, and a Shooters Arms .45 caliber handgun, all of which he transported into Connecticut and sold to another individual.

On April 4, 2015, CAVE sold a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber handgun to an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement.  Investigators subsequently determined that the handgun had been stolen from a residence in Connecticut.

On April 7, 2015, CAVE met an undercover ATF agent at a location in Torrington and sold him a Webley .455 caliber revolver in exchange for $700 in cash.  This firearm also had been stolen from a residence in Connecticut.

CAVE was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on April 30, 2015.  On November 5, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license.

CAVE had sustained a felony conviction in Connecticut state court in October 2003.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Torrington Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

Updated December 5, 2017

Firearms Offenses