SHREVEPORT, La. — U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Odis L. Taylor, 33, of Shreveport, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to 145 months (12 years, one month) in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 26, 2021, Taylor was found in possession of a Glock Model 23 Gen 4, .40 caliber pistol, near the intersection of Mable and Darien Streets in Shreveport. Shreveport Police Department (SPD) officers responded to a call that day and found multiple .40 caliber shell casings near a store on Mable Street.
On Feb, 4, 2021, Taylor was arrested by SPD officers near Bringhurst Drive in Shreveport and found in possession of a vehicle with a Glock Model 23 Gen 4, .40 caliber pistol located in plain view partially under the driver’s seat. A search warrant was executed by law enforcement officers and inside Taylor’s vehicle was a box of ammunition, an extra magazine and a smartphone.
The firearm that was seized from Taylor was test fired by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and placed into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) system. The NIBIN system found the firearm to match the .40 caliber shell casings which were recovered on Jan. 26, 2021, from the intersection of Mable and Darien Streets. Testing and analysis performed on the recovered firearm found Taylor’s DNA on the firearm.
Taylor is a convicted felon, having numerous felony convictions in Caddo Parish, including first degree robbery in 2010, attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2014 and domestic abuse battery second offense and cruelty to juveniles in 2019. He knew that as a convicted felon he was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. Taylor was charged in an indictment on March 23, 2022, and pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2023, to two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.
The case was investigated by ATF and Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Justice Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.