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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sulphur man pleads guilty to illegal possession of a silencer

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Sulphur man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a silencer.

Robert Reid Taylor, 46, of Sulphur, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm silencer. According to the guilty plea, Taylor was found with an unregistered firearm silencer on September 7, 2017. The silencer had no manufacturer’s markings or serial number. It was also not registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Record.

Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

The ATF conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Rossetti is prosecuting the case.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 8, 2018