New Haven man sentenced for illegally possessing sawed-off shotgun

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Curtis Gibbs, 32-year-old of New Haven, was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in Jan. 2014, the ATF and New Haven Police Department received information that Gibbs was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and a .380 caliber pistol and was looking to sell the firearms for $350.  In a meeting with an individual who expressed interest in purchasing the firearms, Gibbs noted that the purchaser be careful because the shotgun “had a body attached to it.”

On Feb. 3, 2014, the purchaser and Gibbs completed the transaction for the sawed-off shotgun and pistol.  The pistol that was sold at that time turned out to be a starter’s pistol.

Gibbs has several prior felony convictions, including convictions for weapon in a motor vehicle and assault.

Gibbs has been detained since his arrest on April 23, 2014.  On April 7, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

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