Leonard C Boyle, Performing United States Legal professional for the District of Connecticut, introduced that JAQUAN Grey, 27, of New Haven, was sentenced currently by U.S. District Decide Robert N. Chatigny to 27 months of imprisonment, adopted by 3 yrs of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded firearm. Pursuant to the Coronavirus Support, Aid, and Financial Safety Act (CARES Act), the sentencing occurred via videoconference.
This prosecution is component of a coordinated federal, state and neighborhood legislation enforcement work to address rising gun violence in New Haven. Participating in this energy are the New Haven Police Section the FBI’s New Haven Secure Streets/Gang Process Pressure the Bureau of Liquor, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the Drug Enforcement Administration the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Place of work, and the U.S. Attorney’s Place of work.
In accordance to court documents and statements designed in court, on July 31, 2020, regulation enforcement been given data that various members of the “Exit 8” group have been in possession of firearms near the entrance of the Essex Townhouses intricate at 1134 Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven. Customers of the New Haven Law enforcement and the FBI’s New Haven Protected Streets/Gang Process Force entered the housing intricate at roughly 10 p.m. and discovered several Exit 8 members, like Grey. Grey ran from the scene as law enforcement arrived and dismissed commands to cease. He was promptly apprehended, and a look for of a fanny pack he was sporting unveiled a loaded Smith and Wesson Product 469, 9mm handgun.
The handgun seized from Grey was documented stolen in Hamden in 2018, and the Countrywide Integrated Ballistic Information and facts Network (NIBIN) decided that it was utilized in a taking pictures among rival gangs in New Haven on July 14, 2020, 17 days ahead of it was recovered.
Gray’s legal heritage involves point out felony convictions for firearm and drug offenses. It is a violation of federal legislation for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to have a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
Grey has been detained given that his federal arrest on September 1, 2020. On April 30, 2021, he pleaded responsible to possession of a firearm by a felon.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.
Acting U.S. Lawyer Boyle famous that this prosecution is a part of the Justice’s Department’s Venture Protected Neighborhoods (PSN) program and Project Longevity. PSN, the centerpiece of the Section of Justice’s violent crime reduction initiatives, is an proof-centered plan confirmed to be helpful at reducing violent crime. By means of PSN, a wide spectrum of stakeholders operate alongside one another to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and establish thorough remedies to deal with them. As portion of this approach, PSN focuses enforcement initiatives on the most violent offenders and partners with regionally based mostly avoidance and reentry courses for long lasting reductions in criminal offense.
Task Longevity is a thorough initiative to lessen gun violence in Connecticut’s key cities. Via Project Longevity, local community users and legislation enforcement straight have interaction with associates of teams that are inclined to commit violence and produce a local community information versus violence, a regulation enforcement message about the penalties of further violence and an give of support for people who want it.