On Monday, at the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, Xavier Cruz, 28, of Bristol, Connecticut was by U.S. District Judge Janet B. Atterton to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm.
On September 5, 2020, law enforcement found a backpack containing a loaded Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun in a parking lot in a residential area of Bristol. It was determined that Cruz had possessed the firearm before discarding it, and subsequent laboratory testing confirmed the presence of Cruz’s DNA on the gun.
In May 2021, Cruz pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and in July 2021, Cruz, who was released on a $100,000 bond, removed his ankle monitor and absconded.
In April 2022, shortly after the government moved to forfeit his bond, which was co-signed by his mother, Cruz surrendered to law enforcement.
Cruz, who has prior convictions in state court, is prohibited under federal law to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce