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

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Raleigh Co. Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury On Illegal Firearm Possession Charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Raleigh County man was indicted on July 9 by a federal grand jury sitting in Beckley on illegal firearm possession charges. Cameron Martin Taylor, 24, of Shady Spring, Raleigh Co., W.Va., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.  According to a two-count indictment, on April 24, 2013, Taylor allegedly possessed an AR-50 rifle near White Oak, Raleigh Co., W.Va.  The indictment also alleges that Taylor knew and had reasonable cause to believe that the firearm he possessed at the time was stolen.   

Taylor was previously convicted of grand larceny, daytime burglary, and nighttime burglary in April 2010 in the Circuit Court of Raleigh County.  He did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted. 

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution. 

The case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Note: The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Click here to view a copy of the indictment

Updated January 7, 2015