Colchester Man Sentenced to 34 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Machinegun

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on November 10, MICHAEL SHERIDAN, 27, of Colchester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 34 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a machinegun.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Sheridan purchased an untraceable machinegun (“ghost gun”) from an associate for $2,000, and then sold it another individual for $3,000.  On January 29, 2021, Sheridan transferred the machinegun to the purchaser at a parking lot in Cromwell.

Sheridan’s criminal history includes multiple felony state convictions, and he was on probation at the time of this offense.

Sheridan pleaded guilty on August 9, 2021.

Sheridan, who is released on bond, is required to report to prison on January 4, 2022.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Penobscot County (Maine) Sheriff’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Edward Chang, with the assistance of Law Student Intern Lara Markey.

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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