32 year old Patrick Nicholas Taylor, of Livingston (left) sits with his lawyer in District Judge Kaycee Jones' Court on January 28, 2015.
Convicted Sex Offender Gets Life in Prison for Possession, LIVINGSTON, January 28, 2015 - A man who has a prior criminal history that includes armed robbery, and sexual assault of a child, and who has a history of violence (particularly against women), was sentenced to life in prison and a $10,000 fine today by a Polk County Jury. Patrick Nicholas Taylor, 32, of Livingston, was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, and it was that charge, along with his criminal history that earned him a life sentence. Taylor was arrested in 2013 when he had warrants out for his arrest and he was in possession of methamphetamine. Taylor's cell phone texts show lengthy communication regarding the dealing of methamphetamine and fake weed (aka K2), and threatening people. One mother who feared for her and her daughter's safety when her daughter was living with him, went to get her daughter from him, but he held the daughter by the wrist and wouldn't let her go. Taylor has multiple other charges pending for dealing and delivering narcotics and has been charged with assaulting a public servant.
Taylor's attorney stated to the jury that Patrick Taylor has been a slave of the state since he was 13 years old. He then referenced an incident in prison where Taylor had allegedly been bound, and choked. Then he asked for mercy for his client. During her final statement to the jury, Prosecutor Kari Allen (formerly with the Harris County DA's Office), stated to the jury that people like Patrick Taylor, if not locked up, would create a world of anarchy. Allen stated that Taylor raped a child and was given a second chance. Then he threatened a public servant and was sent to Texas Youth Commission. When he got out of TYC, he committed armed robbery and was sent to prison. When he got out of prison he beat women, sells meth, and possesses meth. Allen stated "This man does not deserve a day of freedom, because any day that he is free, a person is in danger". She continued, "In our society, we can't deal with him, because he wont respect authority". "Patrick Taylor does not deserve freedom". "Life in prison is the only punishment that Patrick Taylor deserves".
When the jury returned a verdict of life in prison and a $10,000 fine, Taylor began to slowly clap as if mocking the jury. 411th District Judge, Kaycee Jones quickly shut him down and warned him to stop (he did). After the jury had left, Taylor called out to Judge Jones and requested to make a closing statement to the court. Jones stated that he could make a very brief statement to the court. Taylor stood and turned toward the law enforcement personnel in the courtroom and appeared as if he was about to get mouthy, but Judge Jones again quickly shut him down again and had him escorted from the courtroom and off to jail. Patrick Taylor will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
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