The following information was provided by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut:
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Jordan Marsh, 26, of South Windsor, has been charged by criminal complaint with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Marsh appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford federal court. He is currently detained in state custody on related charges.
As alleged in the criminal complaint, on Dec. 11, 2012, Marsh stole a Windham Weaponry 5.56 caliber semi-automatic rifle from the front counter of Riverview Gun Sales, a federal firearms dealer located in East Windsor.
The theft was captured on the store’s video surveillance system, but no employee at Riverview observed the theft or realized the firearm was missing until the Hartford Police retrieved it from Marsh’s hotel room on Dec. 17, 2012, two days after Marsh had been arrested for attempting to steal a different semi-automatic rifle from the same store.
The complaint further alleges that, in 2011, Marsh was convicted of a felony stemming from his prior thefts of firearms from Riverview. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
Each of the federal charges carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Hartford and East Windsor Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.