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Man Sentenced For Trading Gun Used In Norwalk Shooting For Drugs

A Long Island man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trading guns for drugs.
A Long Island man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for trading guns for drugs. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- A crack cocaine addict from Long Island was sentenced after officials said he illegally sold 10 guns to drug dealers in Bridgeport, including one that was later used in a Norwalk shooting.

Scott Liff, 47, was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for selling guns in exchange for drugs, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to court documents, in November 2012, New Haven Police arrested an individual for criminal possession of a firearm. The gun was registered to Liff, and the person who had it said he had bought it on the streets of Bridgeport.

On Dec. 24, 2013, Norwalk Police arrested a suspect in a shooting, who also had a gun registered to Liff. When police interviewed Liff, he said that the guns had been stolen and he had not reported their theft, according to Daly.

An investigation revealed that Liff had a crack cocaine addition during the time he owned the firearms, and he later admitted that he had sold as many as 10 guns, including an assault rifle, to drug dealers in Bridgeport and elsewhere in exchange for crack.

Liff pleaded guilty on July 27, 2015 to one count of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

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