U. S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced on Thursday that a man arrested in connection to a string of home invasions from 2009-2010 that left one dead will see more than three decades behind bars.
Lorenzo Taylor, Jr., 40, of Mobile pled guilty to conspiracy to use and carry a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime or crime of violence; using and carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime or crime of violence which resulted in the discharge of the firearm and the kidnapping of a minor.
During an investigation, Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) were able to corroborate that Taylor and a group of associates were involved in a series of crimes which included an unsolved murder that occurred on Kenny Street in Mobile in July 2010.
Court records reflect that Taylor shot and killed the victim, identified as J.J. in the indictment, outside his residence as he attempted to flee from Taylor. Taylor and an accomplice had broken into the Kenny Street residence and taken J.J.’s family hostage while awaiting J.J.’s return to the home.
Agents subsequently recovered the murder weapon from a female identified as Taylor’s girlfriend, and forensic testing confirmed it was the weapon used in the fatal shooting.
In regard to the kidnapping of a minor charge, court documents reveal that Taylor and his associates were lying in wait at a residence on Morgan Jackson Court when the occupants, a woman and her nine-year-old son, arrived home.
Taylor and one accomplice rushed them at the door and forced them inside. Taylor and the others forced the woman and the child to accompany them as they took her car. Both victims were bound with duct tape and the child’s mouth and eyes were taped.
The kidnappers told the woman that if she did not tell them where they could find money, her son would not live. Taylor directed the woman to help them find the residence of her boyfriend’s brother, where they believed they would find a large amount of cash.
During the drive, Taylor dropped off the minor child and one of his accomplices at an
apartment in Mobile while Taylor and the child’s mother continued to look for her boyfriend’s brother’s house.
Eventually, Taylor and the others released both hostages at their home, but members of the Mobile Police Department found Taylor’s DNA on a drink bottle at the victim’s residence.
Other evidence implicating Taylor in these incidents was obtained when some of his accomplices agreed to cooperate in the investigation and gave information.
At the time of this crime Taylor was serving a five-year term of supervised release,
following the completion of a prior federal prison sentence for committing an armed robbery of an automobile and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Taylor was arrested in 2011 when he was caught in the act of committing a home invasion at an apartment in west Mobile. In that case, Taylor and co-defendant Reginald Robinson were still in the residence when the police arrived. A neighbor called 911 when he observed Taylor and Robinson holding a man and a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot.
Taylor jumped out of one of the bedroom windows armed with two firearms in an effort to escape, but he was apprehended after a short chase in the apartment parking lot. The victim of that home invasion, Darquist Williams, was also prosecuted in federal court for his illegal possession with intent to distribute cocaine on the night the home invasion took place.
Court documents in Williams’ case reflect that Taylor and Robinson were attempting to steal money and cocaine from Williams when the police arrived. Taylor attempted to escape from police custody again after his arrest at the apartment by propelling himself, still handcuffed, out the back window of a moving police car en route to the jail.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed the 30-year sentence.
The sentence consisted of 240 months on the conspiracy charge, to run consecutively to the 120-month sentence on the firearm charge.
Steele ordered that the 360-month sentence on the kidnapping charge would run concurrently with both the other sentences, for a total term of imprisonment of 360 months. The sentence also included a five-year term of supervised release following the prison sentence.
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