Hartford woman to serve 3 years of supervised release, pay $3K fine for trafficking guns from North Carolina

  • In US
  • 2023-01-27 11:30:00Z
  • By Hartford Courant

A Hartford woman was sentenced Thursday to three years of supervised release and a fine for trafficking firearms from North Carolina to the Northeast, officials said.

Brandi Wiggins, 36, appeared in court in New Haven and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer to a total of three years of supervised release and a $3,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Wiggins, formerly of Glastonbury, purchased several guns in North Carolina that were later found by investigators in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, officials said.

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives became aware of Wiggins, who bought the guns between April 2016 and November 2019 and then sold them at pawn shops and through a website that specializes in firearm sales, officials said.

Wiggins pleaded guilty in August to engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, a felony offense, officials said.

Judge Meyer handed down a sentence that was below the recommended sentencing guidelines after considering "extraordinary circumstances" in Wiggins' life, including her prior involvement in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.


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