Norwalk Felon Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID BURDEN, 40, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 30, 2020, Bridgeport Police officers arrested Burden after he fired a gun in the area of Kossuth Street and Nichols Street in Bridgeport.  Investigators seized a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol from Burden.

Burden’s criminal history includes multiple state felony convictions and federal convictions in 2003 for crack cocaine distribution, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering 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.

Burden has been detained since is arrest.  On April 21, 2021, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

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