HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Federal officials say a Connecticut man found hunting on National Parks Service land has pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 44-year-old Michael Petro of Watertown entered the plea on Monday in Hartford.

Officials say Petro was arrested in December after authorities saw him holding a 12-gauge shotgun on the Appalachian Trial in Kent. The area he was found in was National Parks Service property with posted signs that said it was closed to hunting.

Federal officials say an officer and her canine found shotgun shells about 20 yards away. Two more were found in his pocket. Authorities say Petro is a felon and is barred from having firearms.

Petro faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Sept. 15 in Hartford.

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