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Burke County vehicular homicide case ends with prison term

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:52 PM
Last updated 9:29 PM
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A Burke County man whose drunken-driving crash left one friend dead and a second paralyzed was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison.

Robert Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty in Burke County Superior Court to vehicular homicide and other charges filed in connection with the crash on McManus Road in March 2012. Dustin “Tyler” Durham, 20, died at the scene where Taylor lost control of his Pontiac TransAm and slammed into a tree at a speed estimated at more than 100 mph.

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. accepted the plea recommendation. In addition to the prison term, Taylor will have 15 years to serve on probation once he is released.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/30/14 - 05:08 pm
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Bet his BAC was over .15. The

Bet his BAC was over .15. The majority of drunks who crash cars and kill people are.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/30/14 - 06:11 pm
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Arrogance and
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ignorance. A volatile mixture. Next to be addressed are texting, cell phone use and putting on makeup while driving, which kills. Should already be on the books but the lobby for cell phone companies and the idiocy of those who use them while driving will prevent them from being charged in a serious manner. Idiot senators and representatives are as guilty as everyone else but don't want to be bothered.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 04/30/14 - 06:22 pm
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SAD
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Three lives destroyed by drunken driving. Not to mention the pain the families have to deal with due to one thoughtless act.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/30/14 - 10:43 pm
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100 mph???

That is ridiculous

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/01/14 - 07:53 am
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No It Isn't Ridiculous......

It is just plain SAD!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/14 - 08:12 am
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Very sad

Sad for all involved...a mistake with a deadly outcome.

Buckys Friend
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Buckys Friend 05/01/14 - 11:07 am
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Just asking....how many years

Just asking....how many years did Kristine Heath get?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/01/14 - 12:54 pm
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Sad

The parents had heard complaints about his behavoir for years before this happened!!

happychimer
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happychimer 05/01/14 - 03:02 pm
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sad and ridiculous

sad and ridiculous

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