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Convicted felon from Bridgeport pleads guilty to possessing guns

August 31, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — A city resident faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to having guns as a convicted felon, the Department of Justice said.

Tyeshon King, 31, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court to one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Court documents showed that members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department served a court-authorized search warrant at King’s city residence. A 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was reported stolen in Bridgeport in 2015, the DOJ said.

At King’s home, investigators also seized material used to package and process drugs for street sales.

“King’s criminal history includes a state conviction in May 2007 for attempted assault in the first degree,” the DOJ said. “He received a sentence of 15 years of incarceration, suspended after three years, on that conviction.”

It’s a violation of federal law for a previously convicted felon to have a gun or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

King has been detained since his arrest on July 13, 2017. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 19. At the time of his sentencing, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the charge.

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