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3 sentenced in burglary firearms case

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Three people were sentenced Wednesday in a case that involved firearms theft during the burglary of a Rincon home.

James Seyfried, 55, of Palm Coast; FL; Finlandia Pineda, 56, of Palm Coast, FL; and Elaine Taylor, 61, from Alma, were sentenced by Senior U. S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

They pleaded guilty earlier to possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Seyfried was sentenced to 120 months in prison. Pineda was sentenced to 115 months in prison. Taylor was sentenced to 70 months in prison. They will serve three years of supervised release after their prison terms.

"The combination of repeat offenders with multiple felony convictions and home burglaries makes for a volatile situation, particularly when firearms are the target. Thanks to the quick work of our law enforcement partners, a number of stolen firearms did not end up in our communities to be used in the commission of additional crimes.  Dangerous felons who have failed attempts at rehabilitation, continue to commit crimes and possess firearms should do hard time for a long time in a federal prison," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.

Taylor, a multi-convicted felon, got information that a Rincon resident had a number of safes in his home that had cash, firearms and other items, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Taylor recruited Seyfried and Pineda, who are also multi-convicted felons, in a plan to burglarize the home. 

On April 15, 2013, they stole the safes from the home and took them to Florida. Then they opened the safes, which contained 16 firearms, including fully automatic rifles and semi-automatic firearms, silencers, smoke grenades and thousands of dollars in cash.

Taylor has over 100 felony convictions, including convictions for tax fraud, counterfeiting and an aggravated assault, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Seyfried was on federal supervised release at the time of the burglary. He has felony convictions that include cocaine trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. 

Pineda had been convicted for trying to hire a hit man to murder Seyfried, her husband at the time, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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