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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Convicted Felons Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Terms For Possessing Stolen Firearms

Waycross, GABenjamin Robert Taylor, 36, of Hortense, Georgia, was sentenced last week to 110 months in prison by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood after pleading guilty to possessing stolen firearms.  Co-defendant Brian James Wilson, 27, of Brunswick, Georgia, was earlier sentenced to 120 months in prison by Judge Wood after pleading guilty to the same charge.  Following their stays in prison, both Taylor and Wilson will be required to serve three years of supervised release. 

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, following a traffic stop, a search of the vehicle in which Taylor and Wilson were passengers led to the discovery and seizure of multiple stolen firearms, including a pistol, two semi-automatic rifles, and two shotguns.  Further investigation revealed that all of the firearms seized during the traffic stop had been stolen in a burglary committed the day before along with multiple other firearms. Both Taylor and Wilson were multi-convicted felons at the time.

This case was jointly investigated by the ATF, the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office and the Glynn County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney T. Shane Mayes prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 13, 2015