Manchester Resident Indicted for Buying Body Armor After Conviction for Crime of Violence
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010|
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging WAHEED ISLAM, also known as “Walter Missouri, Jr.,” 43, of Seaman Circle, Manchester, with one count of possession of body armor by a violent felon. The indictment was returned on December 14.
The indictment alleges that, on December 6, 2010, WAHEED ISLAM possessed a bullet proof vest. The indictment further alleges that ISLAM has previously been convicted of two violent felonies in Connecticut state court, namely, first degree assault, on September 7, 1999, and first degree robbery, on March 12, 1985.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a violent felony to possess a bullet proof vest.
If convicted of the charge, ISLAM faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of up to $250,000.
ISLAM has been detained since his arrest on December 6, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force; Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) and Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”); Connecticut State Police; Manchester Police Department; and State of Connecticut Office of Adult Probation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen B. Reynolds and Henry K. Kopel.