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Meriden Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Semi-Automatic Rifles

A local man was sentenced today to more than eight years in federal prison for selling two high-powered semi-automatic rifles to an undercover law enforcement officer. U. S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford sentenced Kennedy Johnson, 33, formerly of Twiss Street, Meriden, to 105 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

On September 17, 2009, Johnson sold a Colt .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle to an undercover law enforcement officer, court documents and statements show. On October 8 of that year, Johnson sold a Romarm/Cugir 7.62-caliber semi-automatic rifle to the same officer.

On October 21, 2010, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. As part of his plea, he acknowledged that he had engaged in the business of unlawfully dealing in firearms.

Johnson has been detained since his arrest on December 17, 2009. His previous felony convictions include robbery, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and sale of narcotics.

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