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Convicted felon from Bridgeport gets 7 years on gun conviction

December 4, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — For Federico “Rico” Cannon, the third time was not a charm.

Cannon, 36, of Bridgeport, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on his third federal gun conviction, the Department of Justice said. His sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

“This is Cannon’s third federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,” the DOJ said.

Cannon was released from federal prison after serving a 70-month sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on June 26, 2017. Just over a month later, on July 31, 2017, Bridgeport police got information that Cannon was in a car in the area of Trumbull Gardens with a gun.

Bridgeport officers responded to the area and found the car. Inside, the DOJ said, officers found a semi-automatic handgun, loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition, below the passenger seat where Cannon was sitting.

Due to the terms of Cannon’s released, and because of his past federal conviction, he was not legally allowed to have a gun in his possession.

Cannon has been detained since his arrest on July 31, 2017. On July 9 of this year, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Stefan R. Underhill, in Bridgeport, sentenced Cannon to serve 60 months in prison for the firearm offense, and a consecutive 24 months for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

Cannon’s first charge of this nature was back in 2004.

On Oct. 21, 2004, Cannon was in a car with three others headed north on Interstate 95 between Norwalk and Bridgeport, the DOJ said. There was a confrontation between the car Cannon was in and another, that ended at the bottom of the Exit 25 ramp in Bridgeport, when multiple shots were fired at the victim’s vehicle.

Police investigated and found a semi-automatic pistol at Cannon’s feet in the car, the DOJ said. A jury in New Haven found Cannon guilty and he was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison in court on April 12, 2006.

After that first federal conviction, Cannon faced similar charges again in 2012.

On Feb. 25, 2012, Bridgeport police stopped a car on Caroline Street in which Cannon was a passenger.

A Bridgeport police detective spotted a semi-automatic pistol near Cannon in the car. The gun was found to be loaded with 10 live hollow-point cartridges and two full-metal jacket cartridges, the DOJ said. On July 11, 2014, a jury in Hartford found Cannon guilty and sentenced him to serve 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

The DOJ said Cannon also has a state conviction stemming from a vehicle stop by Bridgeport police on June 6, 1999. Officers found a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun under the seat where Cannon was sitting.

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