Man sentenced to 108 months after burglary spree

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, recently announced that Bernard McAllister, 43, of Lisbon, was sentenced to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release for stealing and possessing numerous firearms.

According to court documents and statements, in November 2010, Mr. McAllister and Mark Missino possessed 19 firearms that they had stolen during a string of residential burglaries that took place between 2008 and 2010, triggering an investigation that involved the Greenwich Police Department. The firearms were discovered in an East Lyme storage locker with more than 8,000 other items believed to have been stolen during the burglaries.

Prior to Nov. 2010, Mr. McAllister had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in several states, including burglary, robbery, breaking and entering, and making threats with intent to terrorize another. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

Mr. McAllister and Mr. Missino have been detained since their arrest on Nov. 18, 2010 in Massachusetts. On June 6, 2013, Mr. McAllister pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon. Mr. Missino, 46, of Waterford, also pleaded guilty to the same charge on Jan. 30 and awaits sentencing. In addition, Mr. McAllister and Mr. Missino pleaded guilty in state court to several charges related to the series of residential burglaries.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport ordered Mr. McAllister’s 108-month federal sentence to run concurrently with his state sentence. Mr. McAllister is scheduled to be sentenced in state court on April 2, at which time he is expected to receive a sentence of 25 years, execution suspended after 16 years.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Connecticut State Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and the East Lyme, Greenwich, Madison, Guilford, Glastonbury, North Branford and Wallingford Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert M. Spector and Jonathan S. Freimann.

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