A Bristol man is facing a maximum of 30 years in prison and $750,000 in fines after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm after being previously convicted of a felony.
Wayne Evangelista, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of gun possession, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Evangelista, who has been held in custody since his arrest in March 2012, had already been convicted of various felonies, including third-degree burglary, bank fraud, first and second-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm.
“In March 2011, Evangelista convinced another individual, who had a valid firearms permit, that he was a bail enforcement agent,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said. “In March and April 2011, Evangelista persuaded the individual to purchase a .40 caliber pistol and a .380 caliber pistol on his behalf, and Evangelista took possession of the firearms after they were purchased. Also in April 2011, Evangelista possessed a 9mm pistol that he cleaned for the same individual who had purchased the other two firearms for him.”
When he is sentenced on June 28, Evangelista could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000 on each count. That translates into 30 years and $750,000 in fines.