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Norwich Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm Offense

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NNAMDII ROSS, 34, of Norwich, was sentenced today via videoconference by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing ammunition.

According to court documents and statements made in court, shortly after midnight on August 2, 2020, New London Police responded to a report of shots fired on Ann Street in New London during a large gathering of individuals.  One shooting victim was found at the scene and transported to the hospital.  At the scene officers located and collected .40 caliber, .45 caliber, and 9 mm rounds of ammunition.  Ross was also shot at the gathering and was transported to the hospital by his fiancée.  At the hospital, investigators took possession of some of Ross’s personal effects, including six rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.

On August 7, 2021, law enforcement recovered a .45 caliber handgun that was found at a residence in New London.  Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Scientific Service analysis of the handgun revealed Ross’s DNA, and analysis by the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) revealed a link between the handgun and the .45 caliber ammunition found on Ann Street on November 2, 2020.

Ross’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for robbery and drug 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.

Ross was arrested on September 10, 2020.  On October 7, 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New London Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha M. Freismuth.

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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