News Release
April 18, 2007

Bridgeport Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For
Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun

APR 18 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RICHARD OGE, age 24, of Howard Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday, April 17, by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport, to one year and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on the night of November 22, 2005, OGE sold a short-barreled shotgun in a parked car on Main Street in Bridgeport to a confidential witness cooperating with federal law enforcement agents. The gun was a 12-gauge shotgun, with a barrel length of 11.5 inches and overall length of 17 inches. The gun was not registered to OGE in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as federal law requires with respect to short-barreled shotguns, machine guns and certain other types of particularly dangerous firearms.

Over the Government’s objection, Judge Underhill sentenced OGE to a term of imprisonment below the 18 to 24-month range recommended by the federal sentencing Guidelines.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. This program is aimed at reducing gun violence, deterring illegal possession, sale and trafficking of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.