Waterbury Felon Sentenced to 37 Months for Possession of Firearm

Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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A Waterbury man was sentenced Nov. 9 to 37 months of imprisonment for illegally possessing a firearm.

Stephen Goins, 36, a convicted felon, was driving a vehicle that had a firearm in the glove compartment. According to documents presented in court on June 26, 2014 a Bridgeport police officer stopped Goins off of an exit off I-95 in Bridgeport.

Following a search of Goins’ vehicle, the officer placed the Waterbury resident under arrest when he found a loaded Ruger LCR Revolver .38 caliber special handgun.

Goins has a history of felony convictions for robbery, larceny and trafficking marijuana. It is against federal law for convicted felons to possess a firearm or ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce.

Goins had been detained since his arrest and pleaded guilty on May 6, 2016 to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will serve 37 months and follow up that sentence with three years of supervised release.

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