GREEN BAY – A Green Bay man has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years of extended probation for firing a gun into a home where children were present.

In March, a jury found 22-year-old Laquan Taylor guilty of three counts of recklessly endangering safety as an accessory, a Class F felony. He was also convicted of bail jumping because he was out on bail and facing charges in another drug case.

Taylor fired at least seven bullets into a home on He-Nis-Ra Lane in Green Bay where a nine-month-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and an adult woman were inside. He was initially charged with attempted first-degree intentional murder, a Class B felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison, but that charge was amended.

No one was injured in the shooting.

What happened?

The following information comes from a criminal complaint:

  • On November 18, 2022, around 10:30 p.m., police were called to a home near the intersection of St. Robert Drive and He-Nis-Ra Lane for a report of multiple gunshots. The first caller said he saw a vehicle drive away and a person run toward Packerland Drive.
  • A woman then called the police and said her house had been hit by bullets at least four times.
  • Officers found ten shell casings in the street and seven or eight bullet holes on the house. Three bullet holes were in the front window, one in a pillar on the porch, two in the front door and one in the bottom corner of the garage door.
  • Inside the house, two bullets hit the sofa, one bullet went through a closet door, one bullet got lodged in the wall next to the closet, one bullet went all the way into the kitchen, another broke the glass door of a patio door, and another bullet went through the bathroom door in the hallway.
  • The 14-year-old girl told officers that she answered a knock on the front door from two men wearing ski masks who asked if a man – her father – was home. The girl said no, locked the door, and then went into the bedroom where the woman was sleeping. While she was still in the hallway, the girl heard gunshots and fell to the floor.
  • The man told police he owed Taylor $225 for marijuana and suggested that was likely a motive for the shooting.

When was Taylor arrested?

Police arrested Taylor on Dec. 13, 2022, during a traffic stop following a domestic dispute with an ex-girlfriend, the complaint states.

In that case, he faces serious charges of strangulation and suffocation and bail jumping, as well as lesser charges of assault, criminal damage, hit and run and disturbing the peace. According to court records, Taylor has pleaded not guilty to those charges and no further court hearings are currently scheduled.

During the traffic stop, police searched Taylor's car. They found a firearm and later determined that it matched some of the shell casings found at the crime scene.

Investigators determined that two weapons were used in the shooting.

Taylor has been held in the Brown County Jail since his arrest and was transferred to Dodge Correctional Institution on Wednesday to begin serving his prison sentence.

In addition to the domestic disturbance charges, Taylor has been charged in a case related to trafficking in fentanyl since April 2022. According to court records, he has not pleaded to those charges and there are currently no charges

What is Taylor's exact sentence for the shooting?

Taylor was sentenced to a total of five years in prison and five years of extended probation, but each of his convictions carries its own sentence.

Brown County District Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder sentenced Taylor to five years in prison, followed by five years of extended probation, on all counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety; all counts were to run concurrently.

For bail jumping, Taylor was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of extended probation, which were also imposed concurrently with the other charges.

If Taylor is released on extended probation, he will be prohibited from possessing firearms, remaining sober, visiting bars and liquor stores and having no contact with anyone who uses or sells illegal drugs, including the victims in this case, court records say.

Contact Kelli Arseneau at 920-213-3721 or [email protected]. Follow her on X, formerly Twitter, at @ArseneauKelli.

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