New Haven man pleads guilty to federal firearms offense

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that 37-year-old Earl Hobby of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court to count one of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on Dec. 19, 2014, members of the New Haven Police Department responded to a call concerning a person with a firearm at 154 Frank Street in New Haven.  Hobby was arrested in the vicinity and was found to be in possession of two rounds of Winchester .38 Special ammunition.  A loaded Ruger .357 revolver also was found in the area.

Prior to Dec. 2014, Hobby had sustained multiple narcotics convictions and a weapon 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.

Hobby is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson on April 25, 2016, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

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