07/22/2019: "Taylor Sentenced To 20yrs For Murder"
(Taylor shacked after sentencing -IG photo)
San Juan residence Kevin P. Taylor was sentenced on Monday by Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to 20 years in prison for the 2nd degree murder of his wife, Julie Taylor. (Related Story).
Prior to sentencing, Teresa Barnett, prosecuting attorney for San Juan County, stated in response to a sentencing memorandum from the Taylor’s defense team, that:
“Fueled by alcohol and rage, the defendant committed a brutal murder of his wife, Julie Taylor. There was no love or affection for her as he beat her with the barrel a firearm, as she lay helpless, unable to defend herself. The defendant acted intentionally and with full knowledge and purpose that night. It is just that he is held accountable and sentenced to 304 months as a standard range sentence with a firearm enhancement.”
Taylor’s defense team had argued Taylor had mitigating circumstances due to mental health issues that were manifested in a diminished capacity that led to his attack on his wife. They asked the court to find for an exceptional sentence of three years.
They also stated that it was “what Julie would have wanted” the court to do. The prosecutor was having none of it, responding that “The only statement that is properly made in this forum about Julie Taylor's wishes is that Julie Taylor wanted to be alive.”
In addition to the discussion as to Taylor’s mental state, there was also extended discussion as to who would be paying the public defender’s bills, and his incarceration costs.
The prosecution maintained Taylor was not indigent when the crimes were committed, because his share of real property was valued in excess of $150,000.00, and the fact that he had recently transferred his interest to a relative, did not now make him indigent.
Judge Hancock pointed out the law clearly states a determination of indigence is to be made at the time of sentencing, and since the transfer was made prior, the court had no choice but to find Taylor to be, as a point of law, indigent.
Members of the public were invited to address the court, and heartfelt and emotional testimony was heard in support of a maximum sentence, but also from those who believed Mr. Taylor “needed help, not a prison cell.”
In sentencing Taylor to less time than the prosecution had requested, Judge Hancock said that Mr. Taylor was in a psychotic state when he committed the crimes, “but the fact that he was suffering from this condition does not mean that he is not responsible for his crimes, but the court is exercising discretion in mitigating the sentence,” to a lesser number of months than the prosecution was requesting, but was still within the standard range of sentencing guidelines.
If Mr. Taylor serves the full term (e.g. is not paroled) he will be 71 years old when released from prison.