Greenwich police assist in illegal guns case

Deirdre M. Daly, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, recently announced that Mark Missino, 46, formerly of Waterford, entered a guilty plea in Bridgeport to one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Nov. 13, 2010, Mr. Missino and Bernard McAllister possessed 19 firearms that they had stolen during a string of residential burglaries that took place between 2008 and 2010. The firearms were discovered in an East Lyme storage locker with more than 8,000 other items believed to have been taken during the burglaries.

Prior to his court date, Mr. Missino, who also went under the aliases Mark Houston and Mark Serano, had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut and Florida, including convictions for larceny, burglary, robbery, grand theft and escape. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Mr. Missino is subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law imposing severe penalties for firearm or ammunition possession by persons who have been convicted of at least three violent felonies or serious drug offenses. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill on April 24 and faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

Mr. McAllister, 43, formerly of Lisbon, had previously pleaded guilty to the same charge on June 6, 2013, and awaits sentencing.

Mr. Missino and Mr. McAllister have been detained since Nov. 18, 2010, when they were arrested in Massachusetts. They also have pleaded guilty in state court to several charges related to the series of residential burglaries.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Connecticut State Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Greenwich, East Lyme, Madison, Guilford, Glastonbury, North Branford and Wallingford Police Departments.

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