3 sentenced for stealing guns, cash from Ga. home

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Three people, including two from Palm Coast, were sentenced Wednesday for stealing machine guns and cash from a Georgia home last year.

James Seyfried, 55, and Finlandia Pineda, 56, from Palm Coast along with Elaine Taylor, 61, from Alma, Georgia were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by Senior U. S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield.

The case involved the burglary of a Rincon, Georgia home of 16 firearms, including fully automatic rifles and semi-automatic firearms, as well as silencers, smoke grenades, and thousands of dollars in cash. On April 15, 2013, the defendants stole the safes from the Rincon home and transported them to Florida.

Each defendant pled guilty to possessing firearms as a convicted felon.

Taylor's criminal history includes over 100 felony convictions, including convictions for tax fraud, counterfeiting, and an aggravated assault. Seyfried, who was on federal supervised release at the time of the burglary, has felony convictions that include cocaine trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Pineda's criminal history includes a murder-for-hire conviction, where she attempted to hire a hit man to murder Seyfried, her husband at the time.

Seyfried was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, Pineda was sentenced to serve more than 9 years in prison, and Taylor was sentenced to serve more than 5.5 years. All three will serve 3 years of supervised release upon their release from prison.


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