Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALBERT LOPEZ, 51, last residing in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden occurred via videoconference.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 12, 2017, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force located Lopez at a residence in Bridgeport and arrested him on a state warrant in connection with the alleged shooting of a victim in Bridgeport on September 9, 2017, and on a federal warrant related to his alleged violation of supervised release conditions. A search of Lopez’s bedroom on the date of his arrest revealed a stolen .40 caliber pistol.
Lopez has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut state court and in federal courts in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Specifically, Lopez has been convicted of assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of contraband by an inmate, and possession of a firearm by a felon (twice). In March 2008, Lopez was sentenced to 47 months of federal imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a felon and, in January 2013, he was sentenced to 72 months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a felon and for violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.
Lopez has been detained since his arrest. As sentencing, which is not scheduled, he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
State charges against Lopez related to the September 9, 2017, shooting are pending.
This matter has been investigated by the Bridgeport Police Department, the U.S Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren C. Clark and Anastasia E. King.