Recidivist Offender Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Machinegun While on Supervised Release
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possessing a loaded firearm as a previously convicted felon, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Dijuan Taylor, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a firearm under federal law before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that, following a traffic stop in Hazelwood on November 21, 2022, Taylor dropped a loaded firearm with extended magazine from his body. Taylor, who was previously convicted of earlier felony offenses, is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
Judge Fischer scheduled Taylor’s sentencing for May 6, 2024. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, and up to three years of federal supervised release following incarceration. Under the federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
The Court continued to detain Taylor pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Nicole A. Stockey is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Taylor.
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.