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Portsmouth Man Sentenced to 10 years for Felony Gun Possession Charge

May 9, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Marlon Chris Taylor, 46, of Portsmouth, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  A jury convicted Taylor of this offense on January 26, 2011.  Taylor received the maximum allowable sentence for this offense because the judge found that Taylor used the firearm in connection with an alleged sexual assault. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Taylor was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman. 

            According to court documents and testimony, Taylor, who previously have been convicted for the stabbing death of his father, broke into a woman’s home and, while threatening her with a gun and a knife, forced her to commit multiple sexual acts during a 10 hour time period. 

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Portsmouth Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Stoker and Special Assistant United States Attorney Cameron Rountree prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on


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