Mobile County Man Receives 60 Months After Conviction for Conspiring to Steal Firearms
United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Simeon C. Taylor, a 27 year old resident of Citronelle, Alabama was sentenced to 60 months incarceration for conspiring to receive, possess and steal firearms.
On November 29, 2018, Taylor entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on July 5, 2018, Taylor and a co-conspirator burglarized the home of M. J. in Creola, Alabama. During the burglary they stole four (4) firearms, namely, two Anderson, .30 caliber rifles, model 300 Blackout, an Anderson, .223 caliber rifle; and a Marlin, .22 caliber rifle.
Shortly after the burglary, a Creola police officer attempted to stop a red Nissan truck, registered to the co-conspirator, for speeding. First the driver of the Nissan truck tried to flee by speeding up and attempting to elude the police following behind. Next, the Nissan truck stopped and the three occupants inside jumped out and ran. Two of the occupants were caught and one got away. The three occupants were Taylor, his co-conspirator and unidentified man. The co-conspirator was caught. Taylor got away after Taylor pointed a gun at the officer chasing him. All of the stolen firearms were recovered from the Nissan truck. Additionally, two receipts with Taylor’s name were seized from the Nissan truck.
After waiving his Miranda Rights, the conspirator stated that he and Taylor burglarized the residence and stole the firearms. He also stated that the other man was not involved. He also said that Taylor told him to run from the police. The two officers who attempted to stop the Nissan truck for speeding picked Taylor out of a photo line-up as the person who fled and was not caught at the scene and as the person who pointed a handgun at one of the officers.
Officers of the Creola, Alabama Police Department along with special agents of the FBI investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.