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Bridgeport man sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession

Kimani Williams, 31, has been detained since April 2022; his criminal history includes felony convictions in Connecticut and New York.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Bridgeport man was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

Court documents and statements made in court on April 7, 2022, note that Bridgeport police secured search warrants for Kimani Williams, 31, of Bridgeport. According to the release, officers stopped Williams in a vehicle in which he was the passenger.

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As officers removed Williams from the vehicle, a loaded Smith and Wesson .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol fell to the ground, according to the release. Inside the vehicle’s glovebox, two loaded handguns were also found.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, Williams’ criminal history includes felony convictions in both Connecticut and New York for criminal possession of a weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and assault of public safety or emergency personnel.

The release notes that it is a violation of federal law for an individual who was previously convicted of a felony offense “to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.”

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Williams has been detained since being arrested on April 7, 2022, and he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon on Nov. 13, 2023, according to the release.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.

According to the release, the case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, “the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.”

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“PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime,” the release said. “Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent rime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.”

The release said that 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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