Ex-judge sentenced in theft case

Ex-judge sentenced in theft case


ROGERSVILLE (AP) - Former Hawkins County General Sessions Judge James "Jay" Taylor has received an additional 1-year sentence in exchange for guilty pleas to six felony theft charges.

The Kingsport Times-News reports that a judge on Friday also ordered Taylor to pay $71,783 in restitution to victims in Hawkins County and serve 600 hours of community service.

Taylor is already serving a 3-year jail sentence stemming from guilty pleas last month to similar charges in Davidson County

The newspaper reports the charges in Hawkins County stem from money he took from clients in his private practice and from funds he raised to put a display in the courthouse lobby that contained the Ten Commandments.

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