Taylor Sentenced to Life

, Written by Craig Smullin, Posted: Fri, January 20 2012 at 3:50 PM, Updated: Fri, January 20 2012 at 4:00 PM

Convicted sex offender Richard Lee Taylor was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for sexually abusing two 12-year old Medford boys.

As NBC-5's Craig Smullin reports... Taylor showed no remorse in court today... even as his victim's family members addressed him and Judge Tim Barnack ripped him to shreds.

'I hope you rot in prison.'

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack not mincing words with Richard Lee Taylor... convicted last October of 21-counts of child sex abuse.

'Mr. Taylor... (snap, snap, snap)... I'm talking to you.'

Taylor, who had two previous child sex abuse related convictions, videotaped himself violating two 12-year old boys in late 2009... a video both judge and jury viewed in court.

'It was so offensive and so wrong... it's almost when I look at you I don't think you have a soul.'

Taylor repeatedly declined opportunities to speak... both to Judge Barnack and the families of his victims.

One of the boys mothers wrote a letter read in court by the prosecutor.

'This situation has changed him, he's no longer the sweet loving boy that I once had... he has a hard heart and is a very angry person.'

Judge Barnack then surprised no one by granting the prosecutors wishes and sentencing Taylor on each of the 21 counts... to life in prison without the possibility of parole or early release... a fact one of the boys fathers welcomed..

'Today starts the healing, and I want to thank you for that... it's good for my son and for my family.'

Judge Barnack ended the sentencing by telling the victims and their families--they are heroes for taking this predator off the street.

I see courage, I see power I see you guys aren't going to let this piece of **** win, because that's what you are.

About the Author

Craig Smullin

NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin co-anchors NBC5 News at 6 and hosts the 5 on 5 Feature Interview on NBC5 News at 5.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Craig graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Recreation Administration and Sports Management.

Since joining NBC5 News in 2005, Craig has performed virtually every job in the newsroom: News and Sports Reporter, Sports Anchor, Producer, series and segment Host and Anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and NBC5 News at 5. He became News Director in January, 2014.

When he's not managing a busy newsroom, Craig spends time with his wife, two young sons and two dogs. He is a dedicated fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Portland Trailblazers and loves snow boarding the slopes of Mt. Ashland.

Catch Craig co-anchoring with Christine Pitawanich weekdays on NBC 5 News at 6pm.

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