New Haven Man Admits Possessing Firearm While on Federal Supervised Release

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Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL STANLEY, 33, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to possessing a firearm while on supervised release following a prior federal conviction for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Stanley was arrested on September 7, 2021, after New Haven Police conducted a court-authorized search of Stanley’s New Haven hotel room and seized a fanny pack containing his driver’s license, a small quantity of narcotics and a loaded Ruger SR9, 9mm pistol.  Stanley’s DNA was recovered from swabs taken from the gun.

Stanley’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions, including a federal conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  In October 2014, Stanley was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for that offense.  He was released from prison in May 2019.

Stanley pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford on August 8, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  He also faces additional penalties for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

This investigation has been conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department.  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.