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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Idaho

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Wendy J. Olson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Layman

Post Falls Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Murder for Hire and Drug Charges

COEUR D'ALENE – Darin Kyle Taylor, 56, of Post Falls, Idaho, was sentenced today for use of interstate facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Taylor to 120 months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release for the use of interstate facilities in the commission of murder hire and 121 months in prison, to be followed by five years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Taylor pleaded guilty on December 15, 2015.

According to the plea agreements, on June 17 and June 30, 2015, the Idaho State Police worked with a confidential informant to purchase methamphetamine from Taylor at his Post Falls residence. On July 1, 2015, Idaho State Police  detectives served a search warrant at Taylor’s residence and seized methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, cash, and firearms.

On August 19, 2015, the day after Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, Taylor met with a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Taylor solicited this ATF confidential informant to murder another person promising to pay cash. Taylor was arrested on his federal drug charge shortly after his conversation and has been in federal custody since.

The cases were investigated by the Idaho State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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