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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Gary Man Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison

For Distribution Of Methamphetamine and Possessing a Short Barrel Shotgun as a Felon.

HAMMOND- Joseph Taylor, 35, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen following his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Taylor received a sentence of 60 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

According to documents filed in this case, in Portage, Indiana in July 2018, Taylor possessed a short barreled shotgun following a prior felony conviction for burglary. In August 2018, in Michigan City, Indiana, Taylor distributed more than 5 grams of methamphetamine to another individual.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with the assistance of the Michigan City Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath.


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