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Man gets more than eight years for intent to distribute meth

Man gets more than eight years for intent to distribute meth

February 22nd, 2019 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

A registered sex offender was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Thursday for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Patrick Glenn Taylor Jr., 32, appeared for sentencing on the charge with a member of the federal public defender's office, Alex Wynn, before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Taylor pleaded guilty to the drug offense in August. Hickey sentenced Taylor to 100 months in federal prison with a recommendation that he complete an intensive drug treatment program while in federal custody.

Following his release from federal prison, Taylor will be supervised by federal probation officials for four years and could be sent back to prison if he violates the terms of his release. Taylor sold approximately 54 grams of methamphetamine, which tested at 91.8 percent pure, to an undercover operative working with the South Central Drug Task Force on July 12, 2017 in Hempstead County, Ark.

In January, Taylor pleaded guilty in Miller County, Ark., circuit court to sexual indecency with a child. Taylor was in federal custody on the drug charge when he appeared before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones. Taylor was sentenced to a five-year term of felony probation and must register as a sex offender.

According to a probable cause affidavit in the state case, Taylor inappropriately touched a 15-year-old girl on the night of June 3, 2017. The girl said she was sleeping in a hotel room where family and friends had been celebrating a relative's birthday when she awakened to Taylor rubbing himself on her and lifting her shirt.

The girl said Taylor had sent her text messages earlier in the day offering her alcohol in exchange for sex. The girl told investigators she didn't know who sent her the offensive messages until later in the day when Taylor asked her why she hadn't responded.

Taylor is currently in federal custody.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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