Fairfield man pleads guilty to possessing and stolen firearm

A Fairfield man pleaded guilty Friday, Aug. 3, to to a federal charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Kurt Schneider, 22, was carrying a Charter Arms .22 caliber rifle when he was stopped by police in Bridgeport Oct. 24, 2011. The rifle was one of six firearms that had been stolen from a residence in Fairfield several hours earlier, according to David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.


All six stolen firearms have been recovered, Fein said.


Schneider was arrested in October by Bridgeport police. He plead guilty to sixth-degree larceny and was sentenced Feb. 17 to 90 days in jail, suspended, and one year of probation on the state charges.

Schneider has been detained since his arrest for the federal firearms charge on March 8, according to Fein’s office.

Schneider entered his plea Aug. 3 before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford. She has scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24.

Schneider faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

The matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairfield Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tracy L. Dayton and Michael J. Gustafson.

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