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Revenge Shooting Sends Felon Possessing a Firearm to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A felon who possessed a loaded firearm in Cedar Rapids in July 2014 was sentenced last week to eight years in federal prison.

Fabian Taylor, Jr., age 28, most recently from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after his October 15, 2015, guilty plea to the federal crime of felon in possession of a firearm.  At the guilty plea hearing, Taylor admitted he knowingly possessed a loaded Ruger .357 revolver.  He also admitted having a prior first-degree burglary conviction from Minnesota state court.  At sentencing, the district court found Taylor possessed the loaded firearm in a car and, in fact, fired it at a man who had recently assaulted him.

Taylor was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade to 96 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-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 prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy L. Vavricek and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force. The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information at: The case file number is 15-CR-0057.

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Updated March 1, 2016

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