DOJ: Convicted felon to serve time for illegal guns, ammo

August 1, 2018

STRATFORD — A town man will be behind bars for two and a half years for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Matthew Petrovitch, 38, of Stratford, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for having guns and ammunition as a convicted felon, the agency said. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon on May 8.

A woman called police after she was allegedly assaulted and threatened by Petrovitch. She told police he pointed a gun at her while she was holding a young child, the DOJ said.

Stratford police found an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, a short-barreled shotgun and more than 350 rounds of assorted ammunition when they responded to Petrovitch’s home for the complaint.

The short-barreled shotgun was not registered to Petrovitch through the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, which is required.

Petrovitch previously pleaded guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court to state charges in connection with the complaint filed by the woman.

The conviction that prevents him from legally possessing a firearm stemmed from an incident more than 18 years ago.

In March 2000, Petrovitch was convicted of third-degree robbery and conspiracy to first-degree assault, the DOJ said.

“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,” the DOJ indicated.

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