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Convicted domestic violence offender sentenced for unlawful possession of firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Convicted domestic offender Zachary Burton Taylor, 22, of Stonewood, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Taylor was convicted in December 2012 of the misdemeanor offense of “Domestic Battery” in the Magistrate Court of Harrison County, West Virginia. As a result of the conviction, Taylor is prohibited from possessing a firearm. During a subsequent May 2014 arrest, Taylor was discovered in possession of a stolen .22 caliber pistol.

Taylor pled guilty in November 2014 to one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm – Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence,” following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016