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Former Danbury couple found guilty of firearms offences

A former Danbury couple has been found guilty of firearms offences. The trial for 45-year old Darnell Macon Sr and 23-year old Kharisma Brooks started last week.  The U-S Attorney's Office say Macon and Brooks visited a federally-licensed firearms dealer in Kent in May of last year.  Macon possessed, and then Brooks purchased a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  In 2002, Macon was convicted in New York of two counts of assault and 2003 he was convicted in New York of criminal possession of a weapon and therefore not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.   ATF special agents investigating the Kent firearm purchase, and another firearm purchased by Brooks in Stratford a few days before, visited Macon’s and Brooks’ Danbury residence and recovered the two firearms.  At sentencing, which is not scheduled, Macon and Brooks each faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. Macon and Brooks are released on bond pending sentencing. The jury found Macon guilty of one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and Brooks guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.  The jury found Brooks not guilty of one count of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, 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. 

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