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Stamford Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun Charge

A Stamford man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge Thursday.
A Stamford man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge Thursday. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 34-year-old resident of Stamford pleaded guilty Thursday in New Haven federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, authorities said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Dec. 29, 2015, Stamford police stopped a car driven by the defendant, Charles Barnes.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a Berretta 9mm pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, which was found in the glove box, along with 16 bags of marijuana packaged for sale, prosecutors said.

Prior to December 2015, Barnes had sustained a felony conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and two felony convictions for second-degree assault.

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.

Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on Feb. 10, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, authorities said.

Barnes has been detained since his arrest, prosecutors said.

The matter is being investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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