Williamsport Man Charged With Firearms And Drug Offenses
SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 25, 2016, a federal grand jury in Scranton charged Damontray Taylor, age, 30, a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with firearms and drug offenses.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment charges Taylor with possessing the controlled substances in February of 2016, with the intent to distribute the drugs in the Williamsport area. Taylor was also charged with possession of three firearms in furtherance of his drug activities, and a separate felony charge for possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
The investigation was conducted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean A. Camoni.
This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes.
This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalties under federal law include 20 years of imprisonment for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, 10 years of imprisonment for felon in possession of a firearm, a five year mandatory term of imprisonment for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. If convicted of possessing a firearm Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
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