Felon Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Loaded Handguns in Hartford

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYSHAWN TURNER, 36, formerly of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing two firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 4:40 a.m. on August 5, 2018, Hartford Police dispersed an illegal after-hours party on Belden Street in Hartford.  When police arrived, Turner agreed to take two firearms from an associate, who was on federal supervised release, and then attempted to hide them in a parked car.  Turner was arrested on state charges after officers saw him, searched the car, and found a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a loaded .38 Special revolver.  The revolver had been reported stolen in New Haven in 2011.

Prior to August 2018, Turner was convicted in state court of firearm and robbery 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.

On October 29, 2020, Turner pleaded guilty to possession of firearms by a felon.

Turner is currently released on a $75,000 bond and residing in Windsor.  He is required to report to prison on October 27, 2021.

As a special condition of his supervised release, Turner is prohibited from entering Hartford without the permission of the U.S. Probation Office.

This matter was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Conor Reardon and Brendan Keefe.

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