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Bridgeport man gets 2 years for illegal gun possession

November 20, 2018

A 31-year-old Bridgeport man has been sentenced to two years behind bars for illegally possessing firearms.

John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, announced that Tyeshon King, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 24, 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department conducted a court-authorized search of King’s Bridgeport residence and seized a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol that had been reported stolen in Bridgeport in 2015.

Investigators also seized items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

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

“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,” Durham said in a release.

King has been detained since his federal arrest on July 13, 2017. On Aug. 30, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Vizcarrondo and Dave Vatti.

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