Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ERIC WHITE, 31, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 17, 2021, Hartford Police arrested White after they found him in possession of a loaded .45 caliber Taurus handgun.
White’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for assault and narcotics offenses. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
White has been detained since his arrest. Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for September 30 at which time White faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
This investigation has been conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force and the Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer R. Laraia.
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.