Man with nine probation violations gets 17 years

John Thompson • Oct 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was in Carter County Criminal Court on Thursday on numerous charges, including a ninth offense of violation of probation was ordered to serve 17 years in prison.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood handed down the lengthy sentence to Enoch Paul Taylor, 34. The sentence includes the revocation of probation on a sentence on aggravated burglary; theft over $1,000; escape and failure to appear.

Taylor had originally been sentenced to 14 years on the charges, but the sentence had been suspended and he had been placed on probation for 19 years.

Probation Officer David Batchelder said Taylor had violated the terms of the probation by picking up new convictions and by absconding. For that reason, Batchelder had requested the court to revoke the probation.

Blackwood ordered the probation revoked and ordered Taylor to serve the 14-year sentence with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Taylor also pleaded guilty to a new charge of robbery. Blackwood sentenced him to three years, to run consecutive to the earlier sentence.

Taylor is categorized as a standard offender and eligible for release upon serving 30 percent of the sentence.

As part of the plea agreement, Taylor also waived any right to petition the court for reconsideration of his sentences in the cases.

Taylor had been arrested on Monday on the robbery charge. That charge stems from an incident on March 28. Lt. Randy Bowers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department said Taylor asked Jeffrey Putman if he could borrow Putman's 1995 Dodge pickup truck.

When Putman refused, Taylor reportedly assaulted him with a broomstick and left in Putman's truck. Taylor had been living at Putman's residence prior to the attack.

Bowers said Putman nearly lost consciousness and suffered cuts to the head which required stitches. Bowers said the location of Putman and the truck were still unknown on July 25, when he took out the arrest warrant. When arrested on Monday, Taylor gave an home address in Lenoir, N.C.

Some of the charges on which Taylor had been placed on probation go back almost ten years ago. These include an aggravated burglary and theft charge from an incident on Feb. 10, 2003 in which Taylor allegedly knew Amanda Adams had received her income tax refund and he broke into her house to take it from her.

He is also accused of an escape from the Carter County Jail on Feb. 1, 2005.

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