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Carjacking Defendant Sentenced in Federal Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2010

Memphis, TN - Mark Taylor, 32, of Memphis, was sentenced today to 480 Months in Federal Prison by U. S. District Court Chief Judge Jon Phipps McCalla.  Taylor was sentenced for five carjackings, three of which involved serious bodily injury, that he committed in 2007.  Taylor was additionally sentenced to five years of supervised release and to pay restitution in the amount of $6,954.00.

Taylor was found guilty in October 2009 by Chief Judge McCalla following a five day non-jury trial.  Taylor was originally charged by a federal grand jury in December 2007 and a superseding indictment was filed in April 2009.  Taylor was charged with a series of carjackings that took place in May, August, September, and October 2007.  Testimony in court revealed all of the victims were female, one of the victims was nine months pregnant at the time of the offense, and two of the victims were raped.

This case was investigated by the Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers from the Memphis Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, Germantown Police Department and deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  In addition to the Safe Streets Task Force,  the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Dallas Police Department also assisted in the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lorraine Craig handled the prosecution for the Government.

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