Old Lyme man sentenced to probation on federal firearms violation

A 54-year-old Old Lyme man working as general manager for a federally licensed firearms manufacturer in Deep River was sentenced Monday to one year of probation for violating federal firearms laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Robert Brinkerhoff was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport.

Brinkerhoff was working at the Tri-Town Plastics, which has since been bought by Smith and Wesson, in 2012 when a firearm listed among a group of 23 guns scrapped in 2011 by Tri-Town employees turned up in Plainfield. Authorities said the guns went missing but were logged as scrapped.

In June 2012, Brinkerhoff, who had not known about 2011 incident, completed a theft/loss report to be filed with the Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that listed all of the firearms, but the report failed to advise ATF that all of the firearms had been falsely listed as scrapped back in March 2011, according to court documents.

On March 10, Brinkerhoff pleaded guilty to one count of failing to file a theft/loss report and one count of making false statements in a theft/loss report, which are both misdemeanor offenses.

As part of his sentence, Judge Underhill prohibited Brinkerhoff from engaging in a firearms-related business for a period of 90 days.

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