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New Haven Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced QUAYSHON SHARPE, 28, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 26 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 7, 2020, a court-authorized search of Sharpe’s residence on Ivy Street in New Haven revealed a Saiga 7.62 caliber “AK” style rifle, a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded Llama .45 caliber handgun, shotgun shells and a high-capacity rifle magazine.  Sharpe was arrested earlier that day for an unrelated event.

Sharpe’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for sale of a controlled substance and carrying a dangerous weapon.

On June 4, 2021, Sharpe pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sharpe, who is released on a $25,000 bond, is required to report to prison on February 20, 2022.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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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