A Bridgeport man arrested in Stamford carrying an illegal firearm was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and three years supervised release for the crime, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut announced Thursday.
According to Deirdre M. Daly, Acting US Attorney 27-year-old Marcellus Catchings was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment at the culmination of his trial, which began with his arrest in March 2011.
Catchings was found guilty of engaging a Stamford Police officer in a foot chase on March 18, 2011, in the vicinity of Pacific Street, during which he pointed a firearm at the officer before dropping the gun. Catchings was apprehended and police later recovered a Browning 9mm handgun in which two bullets had simultaneously entered the chamber when it was attempted to be fired, jamming it.
Catchings was a previously convicted felon at the time, with felonies on his record like first-degree robbery, possession of narcotics and carrying a dangerous weapon.
"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," Daly said in the release.
Catchings pleaded guilty to one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on January 24, 2012. He is currently serving a 15-year sentence and will serve the 90-month federal sentence concurrently.