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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Hardin County Man for Possession of Destructive Devices

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky returned an indictment yesterday charging a Hardin County man with illegal possession of destructive devices.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Maynard of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

According to the indictment, Frank Taylor, 61, of Cecilia, Kentucky, was charged with one count of possessing four destructive devices not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Taylor will make his initial court appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District on a later date. If convicted, Taylor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is being investigated by the ATF Louisville Division Office with assistance from the Kentucky State Police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Bonar is prosecuting this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated March 9, 2023