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Bridgeport Man, 34, Sentenced For Illegal Gun Possession

An arrest by Connecticut State Police led to the conviction of a Bridgeport man on gun possession charges.
An arrest by Connecticut State Police led to the conviction of a Bridgeport man on gun possession charges. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Robert Bowens, 34, of Bridgeport, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 29 by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 76 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 22, 2017, Connecticut State Police stopped a vehicle that Bowens was operating on I-95 in Bridgeport.

Bowens attempted to flee and, during a struggle with troopers, produced a 9mm handgun.

Troopers knocked the firearm from Bowens'’ hand, but he broke free, jumped into an SUV that had arrived at the scene, and the vehicle fled.

Bowens was apprehended on May 9.

Bowens’ criminal history includes state felony convictions for possession with intent to sell, criminal possession of a weapon, and forgery. He also has a prior federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, for which he was sentenced, in May 2009, to 57 months of imprisonment.

Bowens has been detained since his arrest.

On Nov. 6, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss.

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