A 26 year old Dundee man pleaded guilty in Yates County Court Monday to a felony charge of criminally negligent homicide. Charles Taylor also pleaded guilty to charges of criminal injection of a narcotic drug and criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies. Taylor’s charges were the result of an investigation in connection with the heroin overdose death of a 17 year old Dundee girl in November of 2015.
According to District Attorney Valerie Gardner, Yates County Judge Jason Cook has committed to imposing no greater than the following state prison sentences when Taylor returns to court in November:
The sentences, which the court indicated would run concurrently, are:
Criminally Negligent Homicide:
One and one-third to four years state prison
Criminal Injection of a Narcotic Drug:
One and one-half years state prison plus one year post-release supervision
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree:
Two years state prison plus one year post-release supervision.
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Gardner under two separate Grand Jury Indictments and required special hearings to determine whether Taylor was entitled to immunity under the “Good Samaritan” provisions of the Penal Law which provide that a person who acts in good faith in seeking medical care for overdose victims cannot be charged with certain crimes. In this case, Taylor was found, after a hearing, to be ineligible for immunity due to the absence of good faith as a result of his delay in obtaining medical treatment while he arranged for the disposal of evidence.
Earlier this year Taylor’s brother, Richard Taylor, was sentenced to 4 months in jail and 5 years probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence.