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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sun Valley, California, Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Possession, Aggravated Identity Theft

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced today that GRIFFIN MICHAEL SKYLER TAYLOR, age 30, of Sun Valley, California, pled guilty to FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(1).

The charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the United States Secret Service.

The Information alleged that on or about April 14, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The Information further alleges that on or about March 16, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly possess, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report.  Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine or both.  However, if the Armed Career Criminal Act applies, the range of punishment will be not less than 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated July 15, 2016