A Connecticut man often called “Macho,” was discovered responsible of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, in response to federal authorities.
A federal jury in New Haven discovered Miguel Rivera, also referred to as “Macho,” 31, of Shelton, responsible after trial earlier than U.S. District Decide Janet C. Corridor, in response to federal authorities. The trial started on October 17.
Authorities, citing proof introduced at trial, stated Waterbury Cops responded to a shots-fired grievance in that metropolis early on the morning of July 5, 2020, and located Rivera, who had on a physique armor vest, trying to flee by climbing over a fence.
Rivera was apprehended, and a search of the world from which he had run “revealed a Romarm/Cugir, AK Sort Mannequin, 7.62 x 39mm caliber, semi-automatic rifle containing a fully-loaded 30-round journal. Rivera additionally possessed one spherical of ammunition in his pocket,” federal authorities stated in an announcement.
Authorities stated Rivera’s felony historical past contains convictions for felony firearm, theft, and housebreaking offenses and it is a violation of federal legislation for a anybody convicted of a felony offense to own a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or overseas commerce.
Rivera faces a of 10 years in jail when he’s sentenced, federal authorities stated in an announcement. The sentencing isn’t but scheduled.
Authorities additionally famous that whereas Rivera was launched on bond and awaiting trial within the gun case, he allegedly “unlawfully possessed a stolen 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, and two Kevlar bullet proof vests.” He has been detained since July 13, 2022, and extra prices are pending in federal courtroom, authorities stated.
The investigation was performed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Waterbury Police Division, and Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha M. Freismuth and Patricia Stolfi Collins via Venture Secure Neighborhoods.