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Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Charge For Gun Stored In Danbury

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DANBURY, Conn. — A 60-year-old New Milford man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal weapons charge in connection with a gun transported to and stored in Danbury, prosecutors said.

Leonard Sikorski waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of illegal possession of a firearm bearing an obliterated serial number, according to U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2015, Sikorski transported three rifles, two shotguns and 1,561 live rounds of ammunition to a pair of storage lockers he rented in Danbury.

On Oct. 22, 2015, Sikorski admitted to investigating agents that he had placed several firearms in those storage lockers, and gave the agents consent to search and seize the items.

One of the items, a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, had an obliterated serial number.

Sikorski agreed to forfeit and abandon the firearms and ammunition seized from his storage lockers based on federal laws barring unlawful users of controlled substances from possessing firearms. He also agreed to surrender to the FBI five additional handguns and two additional rifles seized by the Naugatuck and New Milford police during separate car stops of Sikorski.

When sentenced Jan. 13, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sikorski is currently in state custody serving a sentence for illegally possessing explosives.

This case was investigated by the FBI, Connecticut State Police and the New Milford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Kopel.

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