Greenwich Police Assist In Conviction Of Man On Federal Firearms Charge

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Mark Missino pleaded guilty to federal felony firearms charges after an investigation assisted by the Greenwich Police Department. Photo Credit: Courtesy U.S. Attorney, District of Conn.

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich police were involved in the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of Mark Missino, a Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon.

He pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport. Missino, 46, is also known as Mark Houston and Mark Serano. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, Missino and Bernard McAllister were found to be possession of 19 firearms on Nov. 13, 2010, that they had stolen during a string of residential burglaries from 2008 to 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.

Missino had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut and Florida, with convictions for larceny, burglary, robbery, grand theft and escape. 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.

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

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

Missino and 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 also investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Connecticut State Police; the Massachusetts State Police; and the East Lyme, Madison, Guilford, Glastonbury, North Branford and Wallingford Police Departments.  

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