Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LAMAIN HEARD, 31, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, June 15, 2021, law enforcement attempted to stop a car in which Heard was a passenger. The car drove at police officers, crashed into multiple vehicles, and then crashed into a pole. When the car stopped, Heard dropped a semiautomatic pistol in the car and then attempted to flee the scene before he was apprehended. Subsequent forensic analysis of the firearm revealed that it contained Heard’s DNA.
Heard has previously been convicted of a felony offense and he attended a Project Safe Neighborhoods presentation at which he was informed that a felon caught with a firearm could be prosecuted in federal court.
Heard has been detained since his federal arrest on January 21, 2022. Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for August 24, at which time Heard faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.