John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ISIAH SHIPMAN, 29, of Bloomfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 20 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded handgun.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 14, 2018, Shipman ran from Hartford Police officers who had responded to a report of a street fight in the area of Essex Street and Maple Avenue. After officers apprehended Shipman, a search of his person revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun. The firearm had been reported stolen in Hartford in August 2016.
Shipman’s criminal history includes state felony convictions for reckless endangerment, narcotics and assault offenses. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
On December 10, 2018, Shipman pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Shipman, who is released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on May 12, 2019.
This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.