Bridgeport man sentenced for illegal gun possession

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Charles Young, 30-year-old of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to four years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 25, 2015, Young was arrested after he had engaged law enforcement officers in a high-speed car chase that began in Bridgeport’s east end, continued on I-95 South and ended when Young crashed into a snow bank after exited the highway in Fairfield.  During the chase, a witness saw Young throw something from his car in the vicinity of Exit 24 in Fairfield.  A search of the area revealed a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber firearm.

At the time of his arrest, Young was on state probation following his conviction in 2010 for criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.  On Oct. 9, 2015, he was found to have violated his probation and was sentenced to five years of imprisonment.

Young has been detained since his arrest.  On Jan. 22, 2016, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Shea ordered Young’s federal sentence to run concurrently with his state sentence.

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