New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Offense

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TERRENCE COLEMAN, 20, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to a firearm offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2020, Coleman, an habitual user of marijuana, possessed a Beretta .22 caliber pistol, which he subsequently traded to another individual in exchange for marijuana.

Coleman, who was arrested on April 16, 2021, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by an individual who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

Coleman is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on November 29, 2021, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  He is released on a $10,000 bond pending sentencing.

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This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha M. Freismuth and Konstantin Lantsman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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