CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A 33-year-old Bridgeport man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 27 months incarceration for illegally possessing a firearm.

Christopher Dent pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in May 2018. Dent, who had previously been convicted of crimes in New Jersey, admitted to having a 9mm caliber pistol in May 2017 in Harrison County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.

In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the re-invigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.