STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 44-year-old Stamford man pleaded guilty on Wednesday, May 28, to federal charges of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon in connection with a hostage incident in February in Stamford, according to the U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Gerald Coley appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport and waived his right to indictment and also admitted to violating the terms and conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction, the statement said.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Stamford Police were called Feb. 3, 2014, to the home of Coley’s girlfriend on Carolina Road. Coley was holding his girlfriend at gunpoint, and their three children were with them in the second-floor apartment.
Stamford officers arrived at the home and confirmed that a family friend had escorted the children outside.
Coley then permitted his girlfriend to leave. He surrendered to police about two hours later and advised officers that he had hidden a gun behind a radiator in the living room. Officers found a loaded Glock .40-caliber handgun after a search.
Coley’s criminal history includes six felony convictions, including a 2002 federal conviction for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, for which he was sentenced to 151 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
He was released from federal prison in September 2012 and began serving his supervised release.
Coley faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and up to two years for violating his supervised release when he is sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven on Aug. 20.
Further charges against Coley related to the hostage situation are pending in state court.
This case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Stamford Police Department.
Read about his arrest after the standoff here on the Daily Voice.