Bridgeport man sentenced for illegal gun possession

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing firearms.

The U.S. District Attorney of Connecticut, Dierdre Daly, announced Wednesday that 29 year-old Anthony Rodriguez will spend 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised released.

The case stems from “Operation Samson, a multi-layered initiative headed by the ATF, Bridgeport and New Haven police, that targeted violent criminals, illegal firearm possession and firearm trafficking.

According to court documents and statements, Rodriguez was serving a three-year probation for his 2013 felony conviction for third-degree larceny. On May 20, 2014, investigators visited Rodriguez’s home and found several assorted rounds of ammunition. Authorities say officers also found a gun box with only a receipt for a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, that had been purchased by William Ramos in Jan. 2014 at a gun store in Orange. a Second empty gun box for a Springfield Armory XD40 pistol was also found.

Also that month, New Haven police seized six handguns from a convicted felon who identified Williams Ramos as his source for firearms.

Investigators found Ramos purchased 29 handguns between 2011 and 2014. Rodriguez admitted to purchasing even firearms from Ramos, many of which he sold to others.

On Nov. 7, 2014, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. He will now spend 37 months in federal prison. Ramos has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.


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