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November 2, 2015

PRESS RELEASE / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson today announced the October 30, 2015 sentencing of WHITLEY TAYLOR, 33, to 7 years in state prison plus 5 years of post-release supervision for robbing two men in their home in Lansing, New York on August 26, 2014. On September 11, 2015, the defendant pleaded guilty in Tompkins County Court to Robbery in the Second Degree.

At the time of current offense, the defendant was under parole supervision as a result of a 2008 felony conviction. As a result, the sentence for the present conviction will be served consecutively to the remaining time on his 2008 conviction.

As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea and according to documents filed in court, TAYLOR, who was accompanied by an unknown accomplice, entered a home in Lansing, New York wearing a ski mask and brandishing what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. TAYLOR demanded money from the two men inside the home. When the men were unable to provide TAYLOR with money, he and his accomplice stole a laptop computer.

Hours later, a Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office investigator questioned TAYLOR at his residence, ultimately finding the stolen laptop, a BB pistol that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, and a ski mask in a car driven by TAYLOR.

The investigation was conducted by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia handled the prosecution of the case.
4 September 2015