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Convicted felon sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for illegal firearm possesion

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport man will spend time in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

34-year-old Robert Bowens, a previously convicted felon, was sentenced on Monday to 76 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 22, 2017, Bowens was operating a motor vehicle and was stopped by Connecticut State Police on Interstate 95 in Bridgeport. Officials say Bowens attempted to flee and showed a 9mm handgun during a struggle with officers.Related Content: Bridgeport fugitive accused of assaulting State Troopers now under arrest

Troopers then knocked the firearm to the ground, but Bowens broke free and fled the scene. He was eventually apprehended on May 9.

Bowens has an extensive criminal history, including state felony convictions for possession with intent to sell, criminal possession of a weapon, and other charges.

He has been detained since his arrest and pleaded guilty to one county of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon on Nov. 6, 2017.

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