News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Gun, Crack

NOV 03 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that SHAMAR A. THORNTON, also known as “Jaravaughn Thornton” and “Chamar Thornton,” 28, last residing on Nahum Drive in Hartford, was sentenced yesterday, November 2, by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 80 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release.  On June 16, 2008, THORNTON pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 5, 2005, THORNTON was arrested in Hartford after he was found in possession of approximately seven grams of crack cocaine.  A subsequent search of THORNTON’s Nahum Drive residence revealed a Rossi .38 caliber revolver, several rounds of .38 caliber ammunition, and approximately eight grams of crack.

Prior to October 2005, THORNTON sustained felony convictions for third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, and sale of narcotics.

It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

U.S. Attorney Dannehy noted that this prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  This program is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents throughout Connecticut.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.

The case was investigated by the Hartford Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian P. Leaming.