New Haven man pleads guilty to possession of stolen firearm

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NEW HAVEN — A local man waived his right to be charged and pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department.

Javon Moorning, 43, also admitted to violating the conditions of his supervised release from prison for a previous conviction, the DOJ said.

In July 2011, Moorning was sentenced to 100 months, or more than eight years, in prison followed by three years of probation for distributing crack cocaine, according to the DOJ. His sentence was later reduced to 84 months, or seven years in prison, the DOJ said.

In June 2018, Moorning was released from prison. He was arrested on July 24, 2018, for selling heroin and crack cocaine while still on probation, the DOJ said. During his arrest, investigators discovered additional heroin and crack cocaine in his possession, the department reported.

Moorning pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine and admitted to violating the conditions of his supervised release, according to the DOJ. He was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of probation, the DOJ said.

In April 2020, Moorning was again released from prison, according to the DOJ. He and an associate were involved in a car accident in Hamden on May 17, 2022 while fleeing Connecticut probation and Hamden police officers serving probation violation warrants, the DOJ said.

After the crash, Moorning got out of the car and threw a loaded 9mm handgun that had been strapped into his belt to the ground, according to the DOJ. Probation officers who apprehended him found about 20 bags of suspected heroin as well as crack cocaine and MDMA pills in his possession, the DOJ said.

The handgun was recovered by a Hamden police officer, according to the DOJ. It was found to have been reported stolen in South Carolina in 2020, the DOJ said.

Moorning was arrested on June 3 and has been detained since, according to the DOJ. He is expected to be sentenced on December 7. He faces up to ten years in prison for the firearms offense and up to two years in prison for again violating the conditions of his supervised release, the DOJ said.

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