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Former Hawkins judge returned to region to serve last months of jail time

December 3rd, 2013 10:14 pm by Jeff Bobo

Former Hawkins judge returned to region to serve last months of jail time


Former Hawkins County Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge James Franklin “Jay” Taylor is back in the region to serve his final stretch of jail time on his Hawkins County convictions for felony theft.

Taylor, 42, of Rogersville, was transferred from Davidson County to the Hawkins County Jail on Nov. 27, where he spent one day before being transferred to the Sullivan County Jail to serve out his sentence.

Taylor has been incarcerated since May 25, 2012, when he was indicted on numerous theft charges by a Davidson County grand jury.

He pleaded guilty in Davidson County in September of 2012 to six counts of felony theft and was sentenced to three years with 30 percent release eligibility. That jail sentence is now complete.

In October of 2012, Taylor pleaded to an additional six counts of felony theft in Hawkins County in exchange for an additional consecutive year behind bars with 50 percent release eligibility.

That’s the sentence he began serving Nov. 27, which means he could possibly be released in May.

Aside from the four-year sentence, Taylor was ordered to pay a total of $104,533 in restitution, perform 600 hours of community service, and he has been disbarred.

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