BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A career criminal from Norwalk was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly.
Branden Huertas, also known as "Branden Holloway," fired shots at Bridgeport police during a foot chase on May 13, 2014, Daly said in a statement. Officers eventually arrested Huertas after finding a loaded .22-caliber revolver he had ditched during the chase, Daly said.
The 34-year-old was out of state custody on bond at the time and facing domestic violence charges, including second-degree strangulation, unlawful restraint and third-degree assault, Daly said.
Huertas, most recently of Bridgeport, was "subject to a protective order that required he surrender or transfer all firearms and ammunition," according to Daly.
Huertas, whose extensive criminal history dates to 1998, pleaded guilty May 28 in federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton ordered Huertas to serve three years of probation upon his release. Additionally, he must abide by the terms of the protective order issued in connection with the domestic abuse charges. That order remains in effect until 2025, Daly said.
“Our office will continue to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who illegally possess firearms – particularly those defendants who engage in acts of domestic violence or other violent offenses,” Daly said. “Working closely with our state and local partners, we aim to ensure that federal resources are used most effectively to support these investigations and to protect vulnerable victims and our communities.”
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