A 35-year-old New London man has received the mandatory minimum prison sentence following his conviction on a federal firearms charge.
Kuowanii Brunstorff, who has also used the alias "Legend," will spend 15 years behind bars. He was sentenced Friday in federal court, and will also serve five years of supervised release.
According to David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the responded to a domestic disturbance at Brunstorff's State Street apartment on March 22, 2011. They saw .357 and .380 caliber ammunition in the residence as well as narcotics paraphernalia. A subsequent court-authorized search discovered a loaded .380-caliber pistol with its serial number obliterated hidden in the bathroom wall as well as a stolen .357-caliber revolver wrapped in a cloth.
Brunstorff was subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act due to several prior felony convictions, which make it illegal for him to possess a firearm. The law imposes harsher penalties for illegal firearm and ammunition possession for people who have been convicted of at least three violent felonies or serious drug offenses. The sentences in this case range from 15 years in prison to life imprisonment.
Fein said Brunstorff was previously convicted of first-degree armed robbery for committing theft at gunpoint. He was also convicted of assaulting guards and a fellow prisoner during his time in prison on this charge as well as another charge of narcotics possession. Brunstorff to possession of two firearms by a previously convicted felon.
, also known as Jill L. Jalkanen, has also pleaded guilty to a charge of misprision of a felony arising from the incident. Jalkanen, 31, of New London, admitted that she failed to notify police about Brunstroff's weapons and took steps to conceal the crime. She is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 6 and faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.