Three Dothan Residents Sentenced For Stealing Firearms

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            Montgomery, ALABAMA –    Today, Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart announced that three Dothan, Alabama residents have been sentenced for their roles in stealing guns from licensed firearms dealers. On July 8, 2021, 19-year-old Michael T. Taylor was sentenced to 26 months in prison. Previously, on June 9, 2021, 20-year old Jamir Y. Baxter was sentenced to 36 months and, lastly, on May 12, 2021, 21-year old Michaela R. White, was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment. Following each of their prison sentences, they will serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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According to court records, on August 6, 2019, Baxter, acting alone, burglarized Performance Machine Works in Dothan, Alabama and stole five firearms, including a Glock, model 27, .40 caliber pistol; a Glock, model 20, 10mm pistol; a Glock, model 48, 9mm pistol; an FN, model 509T, 9mmm pistol; and, a Remington, model 1911 R1, .45 caliber pistol. Then, on September 6, 2019, Baxter, Taylor, and White all conspired to burglarize The Outpost, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in Dothan, Alabama, in order to steal guns. They made entry into the building by using hand tools to remove material and breach the business’ back wall to avoid setting off the alarm. A total of nine firearms were taken from The Outpost, including a BCM, model BCM4, 5.56 mm rifle; a Caracal, model F, 9mm pistol; an I.O. Inc., model BSR-74, 5.45mm rifle; a Kel-Tec, model P11, 9mm pistol; a Romarm/Cugir, model WASR-10, 7.62mm rifle; a Romarm/Cugir, model WASR-10UF, 7.62mm rifle; a Taurus, model 24/7 G2, 9mm pistol; and, two (2) Taurus, model G2C, 9mm pistols.

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The three defendants were indicted for unlawfully taking firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) and conspiracy to steal from an FFL in connection with the September 6, 2019 burglary. Baxter was indicted on an additional charge of stealing from an FFL for the August 6, 2019 gun thefts. All three pleaded guilty to the charges contained in the indictment.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Dothan Police Department, and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Eric M. Counts prosecuted the case.