NASHVILLE - Former Hawkins County General Sessions Judge James
"Jay" Taylor may have to serve all his sentence behind bars. Taylor, 42, entered guilty pleas last fall to state and Hawkins County theft charges. He is currently incarcerated in Nashville, with his prison sentence scheduled to end December 4, 2014. In Hawkins County, Taylor received two three-year sentences, which will run concurrently and require him to serve one year in jail, and the remaining two years on probation. This sentence was scheduled to run consecutively with the sentence that he received in Davidson County, for which Taylor was sentenced to serve three years. In addition, Taylor will also serve a total of 12 years of supervised probation and must pay $71,783 to his Hawkins County victims in addition to $32,757 he owes the State of Tennessee for a total of $104,540. He was also disbarred and has agreed he will not seek reinstatement of his law license until his probation ends. At a parole hearing, held Wednesday, Hearing Officer Richard O’Bryan recommended that Taylor be declined for parole for the rest of his sentence. The officer cited the seriousness of the offense and the fact that Taylor, who had been elected Juvenile Court judge in 2006 and appointed General Sessions Court judge in 2011, was in a position of public trust when the crimes were committed. The results of the hearing are pending and a final decision on Taylor’s parole request will be made in several weeks.
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