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Gun Violence Sends Man to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Taylor terrorized former girlfriend, friends, and child at former girlfriend’s apartment; and pulled a gun during the incident.

A man with a history of violence who possessed a firearm and ammunition was sentenced today, to more than five years in federal prison.

Keith Taylor, age 37, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person on November 19, 2018.

Evidence at the detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed on May 1, 2018, Taylor unlawfully entered the apartment of a former girlfriend, terrorized her, her friends, and her child who were with in the apartment with her; and got into a physical altercation with another person in the apartment. During the altercation Taylor pulled out a gun, pointed it at the other person, and threatened him. A struggle ensued and the weapon was discharged into the ceiling of the apartment. Taylor fled the scene, but Taylor’s vehicle was located nearby, police found a revolver with five live rounds and one spent round in the cylinder of the revolver in the trunk of the vehicle.

Before May 1, 2018, Taylor had been convicted of numerous crimes, including convictions for offenses involving assault, drugs and guns.

Taylor was sentenced in Sioux City by Chief United States District Court Judge. Taylor was sentenced to 75 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Taylor is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigation by the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-4071.

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Updated June 27, 2019

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