11 years for soldier who pleaded guilty to chemical weapon

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a soldier to more than 11 years in prison for making bombs that released chlorine gas and injured two Army investigators near a base in Louisiana.

A Justice Department news release Tuesday about 24-year-old Ryan Keith Taylor’s sentencing said two investigators inhaled chlorine gas, ending their military careers.

Taylor, of New Llano, Louisiana, pleaded guilty in June to the single count of using a chemical weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey sentenced him Monday in Lafayette to 11 years and 3 months in prison, plus five years’ supervised release.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers says the sentence holds Taylor accountable and makes it clear that “we will not tolerate such conduct.”

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