La Crosse man sentenced to five years for gun charge

MADISON (WKBT) — A La Crosse man was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a 2020 shooting on La Crosse’s South Side.

Antwan TaylorAntwan Taylor, 28, also will spend three years on supervised release according to the sentence imposed by U.S. Chief District Judge James D. Peterson.

Taylor pleaded guilty Sept. 13 for his part in the Aug. 24, 2020, shooting. Taylor was one of three men inside a gray minivan. Witnesses saw shots fired from the gray minivan toward a blue sedan before both vehicles fled the area. Multiple people reported bullet hole damage to their homes from the shooting including into an occupied bedroom.

The La Crosse Police Department found the minivan the next day with Taylor inside, as well as a loaded Taurus 9 mm handgun and a spent shell casing. The handgun was identified as the same gun used in the shooting the night before and Taylor’s DNA was found on the gun.

Taylor is prohibited from possessing firearms after he was convicted of multiple felonies, including drug trafficking and battery.

At sentencing, Peterson noted that this case was not just about simple illegal gun possession but involved a shooting which made it a more serious crime.

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