BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday for selling firearms that were stolen out of a plant in Massachusetts, Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said Friday.
Michael Murphy, 27, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to three years of supervised release, for selling numerous firearms that had been stolen from the Smith & Wesson manufacturing plant in Springfield, Mass., Daly said.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on Nov. 8, 2012, Elliot Perez, a truck driver for Pace Motor Lines, picked up five boxes of firearms from the Smith & Wesson manufacturing plant in Springfield and placed the boxes in his truck. At the same time, Perez stole three additional boxes containing a total of 111 firearms. He then drove the truck containing all the firearms to his home in Bridgeport, where he met Murphy.
Shortly after, Perez delivered the original five boxes of firearms to the trucking company’s distribution center in Stratford. Perez and Murphy stored, and ultimately sold, many of the stolen guns. More than 50 of the stolen firearms have not been recovered by law enforcement.
The men were originally arrested by the Stratford Police Department on state firearms charges. Murphy has been custody since his arrest in 2012; he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms, and one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon in December 2013.
Perez has also been in custody since he was arrested in 2012 and pleaded guilty in February 2014 to conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and making a false statement to a federal law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison on Oct. 27. Read about his conviction here on the Daily Voice .
The crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Stratford Police Department and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.
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