Domestic violence offender sentenced to nearly 10 years for firearm offense

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 42-year-old Washington Park man has been sentenced in federal court to nearly 10 years in prison after a domestic battery report resulted in his arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mario B. Taylor was sentenced in federal district court on November 19, 2015, to 117 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $750 fine, and a $100 special assessment, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Facts presented in court revealed that on February 22, 2015, the Washington Park Police Department received a domestic battery report stemming from an argument between Taylor and his girlfriend at their residence in Washington Park, where he threatened her with a knife and gun, and family members who escorted her with a gun, as she tried to retrieve her belongings from the home.

When officers escorted the girlfriend to the home to gather her things, they could hear the two arguing loudly and heard the girlfriend say “don’t touch me” and “get off me.”

Officers then entered the residence, observing the girlfriend pinned up against a doorway. A search of the home uncovered a total of 10 guns located in various places inside the residence. Taylor was previously sentenced for Aggravated Battery on May 25, 2000, in St. Clair County.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Drucker.