A 31-year-old New London woman has pleaded guilty to concealing information related to illegal handguns from police.
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said Jillian Jalkanen, also known as Jill L. Jalkanen, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of misprision of a felony.
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Fein said the responded to a domestic disturbance at the State Street apartment of Kouwanii Brunstorff on March 23, 2011. Officers found .357 and .380 caliber ammunition in the residence, along with narcotics paraphernalia. A court-authorized search discovered a loaded .380 semiautomatic pistol with the serial number obliterated. A second gun, a loaded .357 revolver, was found wrapped in a cloth in the wall of the bathroom.
Jalkanen's plea admits that she failed to notify police about the weapons belonging to Brunstorff, a convicted felon, and that she took steps to try to conceal the crime from law enforcement. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 6, 2012, at which time she faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Brunstorff to being a convicted felon in possession of two firearms. Due to his prior convictions for assault, robbery, and narcotics crimes, Brunstorff will be sentenced pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act. This is a federal law imposing 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 law imposes a minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life imprisonment. Brunstorff's sentencing is scheduled for July 20.