Stockton felon busted in ATF sting gets three years

A Stockton man was sentenced to three years and one month in prison being a felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced June 27.

According to court documents, the felon, 26-year-old Anthony Taylor, met twice with undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to sell firearms.

The first meeting took place on June 20, 2013, at a McDonald’s parking lot, where Taylor sold a .45-caliber Haskell pistol for $500 plus a $100 broker fee to an ATF agent.

Taylor met with the undercover agent again three days later, this time in a Wal-Mart parking lot. When Taylor entered the agent’s car he had a revolver tucked into his pants. Taylor handed over a.357 Ladysmith revolver in exchange for $600 plus a $100 broker fee to the agent.

Taylor has three prior felony convictions. The first for second degree robbery in 2007, the second for receiving stolen property in 2009, and the third for possession of a controlled substance in 2012.

“We will continue to aggressively pursue these repeat offenders with our law enforcement partners and remove dangerous weapons from their grasp and hold them accountable for their crimes,” said Joseph M. Riehl, ATF special agent in charge.