NASHVILLE - Former Hawkins County Judge James "Jay" Taylor's
request for early parole has officially been "declined." Taylor had a parole
hearing February 6, but Hearing Officer Richard O'Bryan recommended that any parole requests be
declined for the remainder of his sentence. A final decision, however, had to be made by the
state's Board of Parole. The hearing 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. Taylor's sentence is scheduled to end December 4, 2014,
according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
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