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Man sentenced to more for possessing gun used to shoot officer
WTNH ^ | January 23, 2007 | AP

Posted on 01/23/2007 5:38:04 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough

(New Haven-AP) _ A man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for possessing a gun used to shoot a police officer who recently died.

Gary Mills of New Haven was sentenced to 15 years and eight months after pleading guilty last October to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities say that in December 2001, a crack addict gave Mills a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver in exchange for crack cocaine and that the 38-year-old Mills gave it to Arnold Bell in New Haven.

Authorities say that on June 13, 2002, Bell shot New Haven police officer Robert Fumiatti with the weapon. The gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Bell is serving a 47-year prison sentence.

Fumiatti died earlier this month, but the state medical examiner ruled his death was not related to his gunshot injuries.

TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; firearm; rkba
Do I understand this right, retroactive gun ownership put this guy in jail because the gun was later used in a crime? Or was the crime that Mills was a felon, but had a gun anyway?
1 posted on 01/23/2007 5:38:06 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough

15 years for possessing a gun as a felon?? That seems a bit extreme.

2 posted on 01/23/2007 5:43:14 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (LF for President!
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Most gun related sentences are extreme.

3 posted on 01/23/2007 5:45:53 AM PST by FreeInWV
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I believe it was the shooting of the officer that brought the gun's history to light. As that history was traced, the ex-con's posession became known, thus his trial and sentencing. ESOL reporter and headlinesmith?

4 posted on 01/23/2007 5:57:10 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Everyday it gets harder and harder to respect the law.

5 posted on 01/23/2007 5:57:57 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; sorrisi; MrSparkys; monafelice; ...

Connecticut ping!

Please Freepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent Connecticut ping list.

6 posted on 01/24/2007 10:54:33 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: org.whodat

I like your tagline... never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption

You just did.

15 year minimum mandatory sentences are typical for an armed career criminal. This is not your ordinary felon but is a person with three or more VIOLENT felony convictions.

You have to try pretty hard to get three seperate violent felony convictions. Last time I checked you could not possess a firearm as a convicted felon so my heart does not bleed for this guy who has obviously devoted his life to crime.

FWIW from an article in the Boston newspaper -

"""This is an appropriate sentence for an individual with an extensive criminal history who had been given several previous opportunities to reform himself," said U.S. Attorney Kevin OConnor.

Prior to December 2001, Mills had been convicted of numerous felony offenses. As a result of his prior record, Mills faced enhanced sentencing penalties under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act."""

7 posted on 01/24/2007 11:02:05 PM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: nutmeg
I believe in and Armed INFORMED Citizenry. If one agrees with that, then those Citizens can't sell their arms illegally and then expect no consequences for those actions.

The ability to own a firearm conveys not only the ability to defend ones self, but also responsibility. As we all learned from Spider-man; with great ability, comes great responsibility. If you screw around with something as important as a firearm, you should go to jail for a long time. The thing can kill people. Respect it, and treat it justly.

8 posted on 01/25/2007 6:44:22 AM PST by SShultz460
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To: volunbeer
Just where in the constitution does it say retro-possession is a crime. The man given the sentence was a dirt bag, but he should have been caught and sentence for actual possession. If I loan my car to someone and they go down and rob a bank, have I committed bank robbery?

Next where do I say I was assuming anything, do you understand the concept, to disagree with. I disagreed with the prosecution of this case under the given circumstance.

9 posted on 01/25/2007 7:41:55 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: org.whodat
Hi org.whodat-

We're in 100% complete agreement. Before all the so-called "law and order" types get too excited about this prosecution, they should consider that a President Hillary Clinton or a President Barack Obama would promote them similarly being sentenced to prison. This could be a very slippery slope with the wrong people in power. I'll stick to crimes being solved via traditional police work by gumshoe detectives.

~ Blue Jays ~

10 posted on 01/25/2007 8:16:01 AM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays
~ Blue Jays ~


Just think according to the man's thinking, you could be driving down the highway in a sports car, and a cop could pull you over and give you a ticket for speeding last week. I mean after all you have a high performance car you have been speeding some time. The man was put in jail for the act of a gun. It is outrageous, I hope he has a good free attorney.

11 posted on 01/25/2007 1:19:55 PM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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