A Milford man accused of being a white supremacist was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for his involvement in selling firearms and explosive grenades to an informant he believed was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Alexander DeFelice, 34, was convicted in December on one count of conspiracy, two counts of transferring a firearm to a convicted felon, one count of making explosive grenades and one count of transferring explosive grenades. He also pleaded guilty on two counts of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
DeFelice attended meetings of a white supremacist group known as the Connecticut White Wolves in 2008 with a government informant who was posing as a white supremacist for an out-of-state group known as the Imperial Klans of America, according to evidence presented.
In 2009, the informant made DeFelice aware that he was a convicted felon however, DeFelice offered to sell the informant semi-automatic weapons along with ammunition and arranged a deal in the garage of his Milford home.
William Bolton, of Milford, and Edwin Westmoreland, of Stratford, who assisted in the sale of a sawed-off shotgun to the informant were also in DeFelice’s garage.
In 2010 after making the grenades, DeFelice sold them to the informant for $3,000.
Five days after the sale of the grenades, the FBI conducted a court-authorized search of DeFelice’s residence and seized a 12-guage shotgun, live rounds of ammunition and several items used to make explosive grenades.
U.S. Attorney David Fein commended the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI, the Connecticut State Police and the US Secret Service for their joint effort in the investigation.
Westmorland was sentenced in December to three years in prison for his involvement.
Bolton awaits sentencing.