State v. Joyce (1997)
In State v. Joyce, 45 Conn. App. 390, 405, 696 A.2d 993 (1997), appeal dismissed, 248 Conn. 669, 728 A.2d 1096 (1999) the Court concluded that the defendant was not prejudiced or deprived of a fair trial because the jury was informed of his prior conviction through a stipulation and because the trial court advised the jury that it was to consider the prior conviction solely for purposes of establishing an element of the crime charged. State v. Joyce, 45 Conn. App. at 405.
The defendant in Joyce actually was charged with criminal possession of a firearm or electronic defense weapon in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 1997) 53a-217 (a). The language and elements of 53a-217 are very similar to those of 53a-217c. Pursuant to General Statutes (Rev. to 1997) 53a-217 (a), "A person is guilty of criminal possession of a firearm or electronic defense weapon when he possesses a firearm or electronic defense weapon and has been convicted of a capital felony, a class A felony, except a conviction under section 53a-196a, a class B felony, except a conviction under section 53a-86, 53a-112 or 53a-196b, a class C felony, except a conviction under section 53a-87, 53a-152 or 53a-153, or a class D felony under sections 53a-60 to 53a-60c . . . . For purposes of this section, 'convicted' means having a judgment of conviction entered by a court of competent jurisdiction."