News Release
May 19, 2008

Groton Man Sentenced to 41 Months in
Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

MAY 19 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LONNELL BROWN, also known as “Lonnie,” 35, of Groton, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 41 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On December 5, 2007, BROWN pleaded guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in March 2006, an individual who both BROWN and his co-defendant Calvin Sebastian knew to be a convicted felon contacted Sebastian and indicated that he was having trouble with some people and he needed a gun. Sebastian, BROWN and others then assisted the individual in obtaining a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol that formerly was in Sebastian’s possession. On March 16, 2006, BROWN, co-defendant Curtis Moore and another individual drove to a location in New London and gave the firearm to the individual who had requested it.

Prior to March 16, 2006, BROWN had been convicted in the Connecticut Superior Court of conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree, for which he received a sentence of 15 years of imprisonment.

It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess a firearm that moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Calvin Sebastian and Curtis Moore have each pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On March 28, 2008, Moore was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment. Sebastian awaits sentencing.

This prosecution is part of an ongoing federal, state and local law enforcement effort to quell violence fueled by the drug trade in southeastern Connecticut. On December 1, 2005, Deshawn Stewart was killed in a hit and run in retaliation for a gunpoint robbery of two individuals in New London in which he took part. Following Stewart’s death, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intensified its relationship with the New London and Norwich Police Departments in order to investigate narcotics and firearms trafficking in the area, and target habitual offenders and individuals with violent histories for federal prosecution. To date, more than 30 individuals have been charged with federal crimes as a result of this joint investigative effort. Several additional individuals have been prosecuted by the New London States Attorney’s Office. The effort, which has expanded to include several additional police departments and the Connecticut State Police, also has removed more than two dozen illegal firearms from the streets.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Norwich Police Department, the New London Police Department, the City of Groton Police Department, the Town of Groton Police Department, the Waterford Police Department, the Stonington Police Department, the Willimantic Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.