A Hartford man accused of stealing a federal law enforcement agency’s vehicle with another man and selling the tires and rims off the car will face home confinement, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
Jose Nunez-Torres, 21, who also goes by Jose Nunez and J-Money, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny earlier this week to 16 months imprisonment, time already served. His sentence includes three years of supervised release, the first four months of which will be served in home confinement, the office said in a statement Monday.
Nunez-Torres pleaded guilty to federal charges of theft of government property and one count possession with intent to distribute fentanyl in May of last year.
The government said he was charged with the vehicle theft case in March 2019 and released on bond. While that case was pending, the U.S. attorney’s office said Nunez-Torres was arrested in November 2020 on state charges after police found him asleep in a stolen car on a highway off-ramp in Hartford.
“A search of the car revealed two stun guns, a black metal collapsible baton, and distribution quantities of fentanyl and marijuana,” a press release said.
The government property theft charge relates to an incident on Jan. 29, 2019, when prosecutors claim Nunez Torres and another man, Dominque Perry, stole a Honda Accord from a Newington home that belonged to a federal law enforcement agency. At the time of the theft, the car “contained fully loaded firearm magazines for multiple weapons, ammunition, handcuffs and other restraints, a ballistic vest and its component parts, and raid jackets,” the release said.
The two men allegedly took the car to Bloomfield where they stripped it of its tires and rims, subsequently selling them, “and advertised the sale of loaded firearm magazines, ammunition, ballistic vest and other items,” the release said.
Perry has also pleaded guilty to theft of government property. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison in 2020, the office said.
Nunez-Torres later pleaded guilty to state charges related to the thefts of two other cars and to risk of injury of a minor, the release said. He is scheduled to be released from state custody on Feb. 8.
The office said not all of the equipment stolen from the law enforcement vehicle has been recovered, and the two men have been ordered to pay $1,560 in restitution.
Perry pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of government property and, on February 3, 2020, was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by four months of home confinement.
Judge Chatigny ordered Nunez-Torres and Perry to pay $1,560 in restitution for the missing equipment.