Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Daniel Taylor, age 45, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Quarles found that Taylor was an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for first degree assault, unlawful manufacturing of drugs and possession with intent to distribute drugs.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
According to Taylor’s plea agreement, on May 30, 2012, Baltimore Police detectives stopped a car in the area of the 2200 block of East Biddle Street in Baltimore to determine if the car’s dark tinted windows were illegal. The passenger, Daniel Taylor, became visibly nervous. One of the detectives searched Taylor and recovered a loaded 9mm luger semi-automatic pistol from Taylor’s waistband. Due to his previous convictions Taylor was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Scott A. Lemmon and John F. Purcell, Jr., who prosecuted the case.