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American Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Selling Stolen Gun Used in Murder of Indian-origin Sikh Grocer

New York, March 18 ( : A 22-year-old American man, Taydon Tailor Law, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release for providing a stolen handgun to a teenager who used it to kill an Indian-origin Sikh grocer in 2021.

The incident occurred on February 28, 2021, at Super Grocery when Antonio Gianny Garcia, then 15, fatally shot 65-year-old Satnam Singh from Punjab. The robbery and subsequent killing shook Singh’s family, who were devastated by the loss of their loved one.

Stolen Gun Used in the Killing

Law, of Ogden, provided Garcia with a Ruger LC9, 9mm firearm, which he had stolen along with the ammunition from a home where he was working, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

In a plea bargain made last year in US District Court, Law pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Law’s sentence was reduced to 18 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.

Illegal Possession of Firearms

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah will continue to prosecute cases where individuals illegally possess and transfer firearms, putting our citizens at risk,” US Attorney Trina A.

Higgins said in a statement. The case highlights the dangers of illegal possession and transfer of firearms and the devastating impact it can have on individuals and their families.

Teenager Serving Life in Prison

Garcia, who took the firearm from Law, pleaded guilty to two first-degree felonies in the shooting and is serving two consecutive sentences of five years to life in prison. The Punjab-born Singh immigrated to the US in 1987 and purchased the Super Grocery in 2000.

The Aftermath of the Killing

Singh’s death was a tragic loss for his family, who were left to pick up the pieces and deal with the devastating aftermath of the killing. Singh’s teenage daughter asked a judge to send her father’s killer to life in prison, saying Garcia deserves “life in prison and he should never see sunlight.”

She expressed how much she misses her father and how his death was the worst thing to ever happen to her. Singh was not just her father, but he was also her best friend who made her feel loved and protected. She stated that the pain of losing him would never go away.

The case highlights the need for stricter gun control laws to prevent illegal possession and transfer of firearms. The loss of Satnam Singh has had a profound impact on his family and the community.

The sentence imposed on Taydon Tailor Law and Antonio Gianny Garcia sends a strong message that individuals who engage in illegal possession and transfer of firearms will be held accountable for their actions.

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