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District of Colorado

Monday, July 14, 2014

Colorado Springs Man Sentenced To 92 Months In Federal Prison For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And For Violating The Terms Of His Supervised Release

DENVER – Jeffrey Scott Taylor, age 42, of Colorado Springs, was sentenced last week by Senior U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to serve 92 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violating that terms of his supervised release for an earlier felon in possession of a firearm conviction.  The sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney John Walsh and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Denver Special Agent in Charge Luke Franey.  Taylor, who appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, was remanded.

Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on September 25, 2013.  He pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm on December 23, 2014.  He was sentenced by Senior Judge Kane on July 8, 2014.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement and other court documents, on July 18, 2013, Colorado Springs Police were dispatched to a local residence to investigate a reported domestic disturbance.  Officers spoke with the reporting party who told the officers that Jeffrey Scott Taylor had started an argument with other members of his family.  Taylor apparently then left the home and walked away.  While officers were speaking with the reporting party, Taylor was spotted walking towards the residence.  The caller pointed out Taylor and identified him to the officers, who saw that Taylor had his hand in his pocket.  An officer asked Taylor to remove his hand from his pocket.  Taylor ignored the officers.  The officers asked Taylor to come over and speak to them.  Taylor walked over to the side of the house, bent down and placed an item on the ground.  The officers subsequently detained Taylor and walked over to the place where Taylor had bent down.  Officers found a .380 caliber pistol lying on the ground.  The firearm was loaded with six rounds of .380 caliber ammunition.

Taylor is a prohibited person and convicted felon.  Taylor had been convicted of the following felony offenses prior to his possession of the firearm:

- 12/13/1991; El Paso County District Court; Assault in the Second Degree;
- 12/13/1991; El Paso County District Court; Robbery;
- 05/12/1997; El Paso County District Court; Attempted Escape; and
- 06/01/2003; United States District Court, District of Colorado, Case No. 03-cr-288-JLK; Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 

Taylor was on supervised release for the 2003 felon in possession of a firearm offense at the time he was charged with this crime.

This case was investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department and the ATF.

The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hosley.

Updated June 22, 2015