Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearm While on Federal Supervised Release

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Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE HUDSON, 43, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  Hudson also admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 8, 2021, a Connecticut State Police trooper stopped a vehicle that Hudson was driving at a high rate of speed.  At the time of the traffic stop, Hudson possessed a loaded Kel-Tec, Model P-11 9mm pistol and a distribution quantity of marijuana.  Hudson was arrested at that time.

Hudson’s criminal history includes a 2007 federal conviction in Connecticut for distributing crack cocaine, for which he was sentenced to 108 months of imprisonment, and a 2019 federal conviction in Vermont for distributing crack and heroin, for which he was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment and an additional 24 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release in the Connecticut case.  In June 2020, Hudson was granted compassionate release from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic.  He was on supervised release at the time of his arrest in September 2021.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for July 28, at which time Hudson faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years for the firearm offense, and up to two years of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

Hudson is released on bond in home confinement while awaiting sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.

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.