Feds: Hartford man gets prison for having sawed-off shotgun

A man found in a vehicle with a sawed-off shotgun in Hartford, Conn., back in 2018 will spend more than three years in prison for the offense after being sentenced in Bridgeport federal court on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, officials said.

A man found in a vehicle with a sawed-off shotgun in Hartford, Conn., back in 2018 will spend more than three years in prison for the offense after being sentenced in Bridgeport federal court on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, officials said.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

HARTFORD — A city man will spend more than three years in federal prison for having a sawed-off shotgun in his car, according to federal prosecutors.

Kevin Barco, 37, was sentenced Monday by Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 39 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Barco pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon on July 17.

He was arrested back on Oct. 6, 2018, after Hartford police saw him sitting in a parked car on Albany Avenue. Prosecutors said when authorities searched his car, they found a 10-gauge shotgun with a sawed-of barrel. Eight shotgun shells were also found in the car, prosecutors said.

Barco’s criminal history includes state convictions on felony weapon, robbery, larceny and escape offenses, prosecutors said. Federal law prohibits anyone previously convicted of a felony from having a gun or ammunition.

He was released on a $50,000 bond and ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on Oct. 1 to began serving his sentence.