Taylor hires a lawyer, weighs his options in campus robbery case

Taylor hires a lawyer, weighs his options in campus robbery case

By BRAD GASKINS
News Editor
DRESDEN — The alleged ringleader of a November armed robbery and kidnapping on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus was back in court Thursday.
Richard Taylor, through a public defender, said he recently hired a Nashville attorney who needs more time to prepare and was unable to attend the hearing because of a scheduling conflict.
The case was continued until May 30.
Taylor is considering whether to take a plea deal from the state. If he pleads guilty to the lesser charge of robbery, he would be sentenced to six years in prison and would serve 30 percent of that term.
If the case goes trial and he is convicted, he faces eight to 12 years in prison and would serve at least 80 percent of that term.
Jeremy Anderson, Cortez Bowen and Quinton McClerkin pleaded guilty and were sentenced April 18.
In a previously held preliminary hearing, testimony alleged Taylor was the ringleader in the Nov. 12 robbery, carjacking and kidnapping of two other UTM students.
Taylor was dismissed from the UTM football team in September for violation of team rules.

Published in The WCP 5.14.13

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