Stratford man faces 10 years on gun charge
NEW HAVEN - A Stratford man is facing up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.
Tymon Peterson, 29, of Stratford, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in August and September 2017, Peterson and Jamal Weir texted one another about purchasing firearms. Peterson possessed a valid pistol permit and was able to purchase firearms legally, but Weir, as a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing firearms.
On Sept. 22, 2017, Peterson and Weir traveled together to Hoffman’s Gun Center in Newington, according to court documents. At the store, Weir provided Peterson with cash to purchase at least one firearm on his behalf. On that date, federal officials said Peterson filled out an ATF Form 4473 in which he falsely represented that he was the actual purchaser of a SCCY Model CPX-2, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and that he was not acquiring the firearm for another person. Peterson gave the pistol to Weir after they exited the store, officials said.
Peterson was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on Jan. 1.
Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2019.
Peterson is free on $100,000 bond pending sentencing.
Weir, 29, of Bridgeport, has been detained since his arrest on Sept. 17. On Dec. 6 he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2019.