Friday, September 26, 2008

Man who killed wife will only serve 45 more days

By Bob Fowler

A former Oak Ridge man accused of killing his wife in a jealous rage pleaded guilty [the morning of September 17] to a reduced charge.

Originally accused of second-degree murder and reckless homicide, Johnathan Ray Taylor, 31, now of Florida, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.Taylor admitted shooting Patricia L. Taylor, 40, on New Year's Eve 2003.

Taylor received a 10-year prison sentence to be suspended after serving 364 days in the Anderson County Jail.

He was given credit for more than 10 months he has already been locked up, so his actual remaining jail time is about 45 days, said Taylor's attorney, Kevin Angel. Taylor will be on supervised probation for the rest of the 10 years, according to the plea agreement.

The case for years has been mired in the legal system while it was up on an appeal that went all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Judge James B. "Buddy'' Scott, now retired, refused to accept a plea agreement in the Taylor case that called for a two-year prison sentence on a plea to reckless homicide and the dismissal of the second-degree murder charge.

An appeals court upheld Scott's decision but the Supreme Court overturned it, saying judges can't stop prosecutors who want to dismiss a case.

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