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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 10, 2020

Orange County Felon Guilty of Federal Firearms Violation

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 30-year-old Vidor, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.             

            Taylor Graham Cozart pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

            According to information presented in court, on July 30, 2019, law enforcement officers responded to a motorcycle accident on Interstate Highway 10 in Orange County, Texas.  The defendant was the driver of the motorcycle, which was later determined to be stolen.  Cozart was transported to a nearby hospital and the accident scene was cleared, during which time officers located a backpack affixed to the motorcycle.  The backpack contained a pistol, ammunition, $3,000 cash, methamphetamine, Xanax and Hydrocodone pills.  Further investigation revealed Cozart was a convicted felon having three prior felony drug convictions.  As a convicted felon, Cozart is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.

            This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

            Under federal statutes, Cozart faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated February 10, 2020