DANBURY — A Connecticut man was sentenced to 27 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont.
Tan Prazeres, 43, of Danbury, Connecticut, had previously pled guilty to the offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prazeres was also sentenced to three years of supervised release by United States District Judge William K. Sessions III.
Prazeres was found in possession of a Raven .25 caliber pistol on February 10, 2022, in Bennington, Vermont.
Members of the Bennington Police Department responded to a report of suspected drug overdoses by a man and a woman inside of a car on Main Street.
Prazeres, who was seated in the passenger seat, was struggling to remain conscious and identified himself with a fake name.
Prazeres later exited the car and was transported to a local hospital.
The next day, investigators obtained a State of Vermont warrant to search the vehicle and found the firearm in a men’s jacket that covered the center console of the vehicle.
The case was investigated by the Bennington Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.