July 1, 2014
Convicted killer Randy Allen Taylor was back in a Nelson County courtroom Tuesday, pleading guilty to stealing a motorcycle and an ATV from a Greene County repair shop last year.
Taylor was convicted in the abduction and murder of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy in May. Tuesday's court appearance on the grand larceny charges from July and August 2013 was unrelated.
Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin says workers at Virginia Power Motor Sports in Greene County noticed two vehicles brought into their shop for repairs were missing when the owners arrived to pick them up.
One vehicle, a Polaris Sportsman ATV, was found near Taylor's trailer when he was being interviewed about the Alexis Murphy case.
The second vehicle, a Honda motorcycle, was in possession of his ex-wife.
Martin said a recorded phone call Taylor made to his son from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail in September 2013 referenced the stolen ATV. In a phone conversation with his ex-wife, Taylor asked her to cover up the motorcycle so he didn't face additional charges.
Martin says the owners of the vehicles have no connection to Taylor. The owner of Virginia Power Motor Sports is the husband of the owner of Drive Away Motors in Greene County, where Taylor previously worked.
A judge sentenced Taylor to a total of one year in prison for the grand larceny—a full sentence of five years with four suspended. He then will have 20 years of probation upon release.
However, Taylor is due back in court later this month for formal sentencing in the Alexis Murphy case. The jury recommended multiple life sentences for those crimes.