Monday, July 18, 2016

Sallisaw Arrest Leads to Plea

A California man, arrested by Sallisaw police, has pleaded guilty to two charges in U.S. District Court in Muskogee.

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office reported Griffin Michael Skyler Taylor, 30, of Sun Valley, Calif., has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated identity theft.

The charges were the result of an investigation by Sallisaw police and the U.S. Secret Service.

The information alleged that on or about April 14 Taylor, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The information further alleges that on or about March 16, Taylor possessed, without lawful authority, the identification of another person.

Judge Steven P. Shreder accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a pre-sentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.

Punishment ranges from not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine or both. However, if the Armed Career Criminal Act applies, the range of punishment will be not less than 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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