A Niagara Falls man who is was on probation for weapon possession and drug convictions has admitted he had a gun at his Hyde Park Boulevard home when Niagara County probation officers came calling on June 29.
Nicholas Taggart, 28, admitted his guilt Tuesday, while pleading to a violent D-felony charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon committed to a three-year prison term for the plea.
Taggart will be sentenced in April.
In February 2018, Taggart was found in possession of a quantity of drugs and four firearms, including three that were reported stolen, during a raid on his then Niagara Avenue residence. He pleaded guilty, in August 2018, to charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in that case.
He was sentenced to a term of five years probation.
On June 29, probation officers visited compliance visit to Taggart's new home and found him with an unregistered handgun. That led to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Taggart could have faced up to 15 years in prison, prior to his plea, and another four years behind bars for violating the terms of his probation.