Ex-felon who was freed in 2017 faces return to federal prison

A Bridgeport man who was recently released from federal prison after serving time on a gun charge, may soon be back behind bars -- but some say he is the victim of "a political witch hunt."

News 12 Staff

Dec 1, 2019, 5:47 PM

Updated 1,596 days ago

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A Bridgeport man who was recently released from federal prison after serving time on a gun charge, may soon be back behind bars -- but some say he is the victim of "a political witch hunt."
Malik Shabaaz was looking forward to spending Christmas with his fiancée, until he found out he has to surrender himself to the federal government on Dec. 18.
The 51-year-old served 13 years in federal prison on a gun charge, but was set free in 2017 after his attorney successfully appealed his sentence, winning him an early release.
But his attorney says the Trump administration appealed that ruling and won. Shabaaz has to go back to prison, even though the attorney says he has been a model citizen who turned his life around, holding down a good job and starting a family.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he is taking a look at the situation to see if there is any way he can help.


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