Father of Meriden Man Gets 10 Years in Prison for Role in Stolen Weapons Sale

Khalid Aziz pleaded guilty last October to selling guns stolen from a Meriden store in the fall of 2011.


A New Haven man was sentenced Thursday to ten years in prison for selling guns stolen from a Meriden gun store in 2011, according to federal prosecutors.

Khalid Aziz, 43 — who also goes by the alias' Corey Williams, Sr., Cory Williams, Avery Smith, Gregory Richardson, Andre Gorham and Big Corey — pleaded guilty in October to one count of sale of stolen firearms.

Prosecutors say Aziz's son, Corey Williams, Jr. of Meriden, told his father that he had stolen multiple firearms from a Meriden gun store and was having trouble selling some of the “big guns.” 

Aziz put Williams in touch with Airess Johnson, who knew someone interested in purchasing firearms. The buyer, who was cooperating with law enforcement, negotiated to buy three firearms from Williams, prosecutors say.

On Feb. 2, 2012, Aziz, Williams and Johnson traveled to New Haven to sell two 12 gauge shotguns and a .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle in exchange for $1,200.

According to prosecutors, Aziz was paid $50 for his role in facilitating the sale of the firearms, all three of which had been reported stolen from a federal firearms licensee in Meriden on November 5, 2011. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the New Haven Police Department and the Meriden Police Department. Six additional firearms that were stolen at the same time remain unaccounted for.  

Aziz has 19 prior felony convictions. Williams pleaded guilty to the same charge in November and is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon and was sentenced to 20 months in prison.


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