Dayton man sentenced for having a firearm as a felon

DAYTON — A Dayton man was sentenced to more than five years in prison for having a firearm as a convicted felon, according to the Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio.

Rasu Taylor, 46, was sentenced to 70 months on Monday. He pleaded guilty to illegally having a firearm as a convicted felon on Sept. 9.

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In September 2018, a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy was approaching Taylor’s vehicle in a Springfield motel parking lot for a traffic stop when they noticed Taylor was trying to a firearm, according to the DOJ.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a pistol with a fill magazine, marijuana, scales and $2,600.

The motel room where Taylor was living in was also searched, revealing a pistol with two magazines, fentanyl, body armor, marijuana and more than $2,600.

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Taylor was previously convicted of possession of drugs in Montgomery County and felonious assault in Clark County, according to the DOJ.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is part of the DOJ’s effort to reduce violent crimes.