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ID woman sentenced to life for lewdness charge (child molestor)
Elko Daily Free Press ^ | April 14, 2010 | Ali Helgoth

Posted on 04/14/2010 8:44:06 PM PDT by llevrok

ELKO, Nev. — A Twin Falls woman convicted of forcing a 13-year-old boy to touch her breasts was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Michelle Lyn Taylor, 34, was convicted of lewdness with a minor under 14 in November after a week-long trial in Elko County, Nev., District Judge Mike Memeo’s courtroom.

With the conviction, Taylor faced a mandatory life sentence, and Memeo set parole eligibility after 10 years, the minimum sentence. If released on parole she must register as a sex offender and will be under lifetime supervision.

The district attorney’s office did not offer a plea agreement in the case, said public defender Alina Kilpatrick, who argued the sentence is unconstitutional and doesn’t fit the crime.

“The jury was not allowed to know the potential sentence in this case and the Legislature doesn’t know the facts,” she said, alluding to the minimum sentence set by the Legislature in Nevada Revised Statute.

Kilpatrick said despite the parole eligibility after 10 years, there should be no mistake that it’s a life sentence for Taylor.

“She is getting a greater penalty for having a boy touch her breast than if she killed him,” she said.

After he sentenced her, Memeo said he was bound by state statute to impose the life sentence, but said he isn’t sure why the prosecution chose to charge her under that statute.

District Attorney Gary Woodbury could not be reached for comment.

Taylor, who lived in Jackpot, Nev., at the time of the crime, kissed a friend’s child, forced him to touch her breast and asked him to have sex with her in February 2008.

Taylor claimed she was intoxicated and doesn’t remember what happened that night. She told jurors she roughhoused with the boy, but didn’t force him to touch her inappropriately.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Idaho; US: Nevada
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good, tough laws !
1 posted on 04/14/2010 8:44:06 PM PDT by llevrok
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To: llevrok

Wow, taxpayers will be footing the bill for decades. I agree with tough laws, but not life in prison. (I believe it’s cruel and unusual to imprison for life, and an abomination).


2 posted on 04/14/2010 8:51:39 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: llevrok
You know the rules.
3 posted on 04/14/2010 8:52:30 PM PDT by starlifter (Sapor Amo Pullus)
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To: starlifter

Something tells me we really don’t wanna know what this woman looks like...


4 posted on 04/14/2010 8:54:45 PM PDT by Shaun_MD (Goldwater Conservative)
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To: llevrok

Meh, a life sentence seems fairly harsh, especially since actual killers get less time, particularly those not guilty of first degree murder.

This society needs to get beyond treating sex crimes differently, except in those cases which lead to great violence like forcible rape, serial predation, torture, kidnapping, etc.

Murder, torture, abduction, enslavement, unlawful imprisonment, armed robbery, serious cases of battery, etc are all more egregious crimes and violations of the moral order than the mess of confused humanity that has not sexual boundaries.

Basically, we have finite resources with which to prosecute and house offenders and this does not seem a good use of those resources when have actual murderers and other extremely violent psycho and sociopaths running around.


5 posted on 04/14/2010 8:54:57 PM PDT by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: llevrok

WOW! that’s harsh.

I will need a picture to decide if she deserves it or not.


6 posted on 04/14/2010 8:55:37 PM PDT by JoSixChip (It's time to embrace the madness! The sooner we default the sooner we can reorganize.)
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To: JDW11235
(I believe it’s cruel and unusual to imprison for life, and an abomination).

I agree. That's why we should be executing the bastards more. (Not in this case of course).
7 posted on 04/14/2010 8:56:02 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Shaun_MD

Cue for Helen Thomas pic.


8 posted on 04/14/2010 8:57:03 PM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: llevrok

When I think of all the child molesters who only get 10 years probation for doing more than just touching some breasts...


9 posted on 04/14/2010 8:58:32 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: llevrok

ll, you wimp.

“good, tough laws !”

We need a stake upon which to burn the bitch for so heinous a crime as forced, or involuntary breast touching. A stake I tell you.

Rab


10 posted on 04/14/2010 9:02:16 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: llevrok

Lifetime in jail for forcing a boy to touch her boobs? Come on, I agree that she should go to jail, but I don’t think the crime deserves to be that long.


11 posted on 04/14/2010 9:07:59 PM PDT by paudio (Are you better off today than in 2006, when the Democrats took over the Congress?)
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To: paudio

Not condoning this, but I’m sure she didn’t have to “force” a 13 year old boy to touch her breasts.


12 posted on 04/14/2010 9:10:36 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: llevrok

This will likely be overturned or reduced on appeal. It is out of proportion to the sentencing guidelines for other felonies of a lesser nature in Nevada.

The possibility of being overturned is brought about by the jury being kept in the dark about the severity of the punishment, which is just absurd.


13 posted on 04/14/2010 9:14:46 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: fr_freak

I’m not in disagreement. I think it’s a tough issue, but also a marginalized one.

For example, there were 3 kids, two girls and a boy, in Mass. who had some sexual relationship, the aproximate ages were like 13 girl, 14 boy, 15 girl. The boy had some relationship with both girls, consentually, and yet when prosecutors charged, they only charged him (It was on appeal for gender discrimination). It’s because MA has no “Romeo and Juliet” laws (laws which protect consentual minors).

I have known of 18-19 year olds with 17 year olds who have the book thrown at them because their parents disaproved. I’m not condoning those acts, but I know that “Sex Offenses” are often used as tools to a political end. ie. “Look how many child molestors we put away.”

I think Molestation and rape and such can be on the order of capital punishment, worthy of execution, but I think laws need to be cleared up, and “fixed” to do what we can to keep them from being misused. This clearly is deplorable, but like others have said, unless this was premeditated grivious murder, she would almost never receive a worse conviction than this.

It’s sad for that teenager, who probably will be able to get over this with time and therapy, if he’s psychologically damaged at all, but not only will she be unable to contribute to society in any meaningful ways for decades, or ever, she is now going to be a further drain on people’s resources. This is ridiculous to me.

Prisions are places for people to wait until trial, or to wait until discipline is pronounced, not places to hold people indefinitely. It’s ridiculous to waste time, resources, and productivity to inflate government to imprison people. Release them, fine them, cane them, put them in a labor camp, execute them, but don’t lock them away forever, that is not right.


14 posted on 04/14/2010 9:14:47 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: Slyfox

Exactly.


15 posted on 04/14/2010 9:16:05 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: boop

A crime is a crime, and there is no disagreement that she should not have done it. However, all crimes are not created equal. Shoplifting is a crime too, and the perp doesn’t have to take anything. However, it doesn’t mean she/he should get lifetime or death penalty for it.


16 posted on 04/14/2010 9:17:14 PM PDT by paudio (Are you better off today than in 2006, when the Democrats took over the Congress?)
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To: llevrok

What the hell is this?

Put her on probation or something.This is retarded.


17 posted on 04/14/2010 9:18:55 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: Skywalk

“Meh, a life sentence seems fairly harsh, especially since actual killers get less time, particularly those not guilty of first degree murder.”

I’d even things out by making murder a mandatory life sentence.

Not by letting out a woman who would do that to a boy.

She does not need to be out here with the rest of us.


18 posted on 04/14/2010 10:11:19 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: JDW11235
"It’s sad for that teenager, who probably will be able to get over this with time and therapy"

Give me a break.

19 posted on 04/14/2010 10:48:03 PM PDT by matthew fuller (#11. Thou shalt not argue with morons.)
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To: boop

It seems unlikely that she had to do more than ask the teen. If there was some actual coercion involved that would be worse.


20 posted on 04/15/2010 12:13:27 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: matthew fuller

You cut it off right where it said “if any psychological harm was done at all.” Then you whine “give me a break” at the straw man you made.


21 posted on 04/15/2010 12:15:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: matthew fuller

See post #21.


22 posted on 04/15/2010 1:27:49 AM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: paudio

“And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”


23 posted on 04/15/2010 10:00:02 AM PDT by Mashood
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