|6/11/2021 10:40:00 AM|
Taylor faces lengthy imprisonment and
By Kasi Greenwood
For committing the crime, Logyn Taylor, 30, of Dodgeville, will have to do the time.
At last Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Taylor learned that she will be facing sometime behind bars, along with extended supervision.
Taylor has been found guilty of multiple charges ranging from strangulation and suffocation, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and multiple instances of bail jumping from 2019 to 2020.
Taylor also has open charges for 2021 which will be addressed at a June hearing.
Iowa County Assistant District Attorney Curtis Johnson during the hearing recited information from the pre sentence investigation, along with recommended sentencing. Once concurrent and consecutive sentences are cycled through the state's recommendation, Taylor faces a 10 year price sentence through the Wisconsin Prison System-five years of initial confinement, five years of extended supervision.
Johnson stated that the intent of the sentences include a heavy dose of rehabilitation, protection to the public, and accountability for her actions. Johnson noted that a majority of her crimes were bond violations, and he didn't like the message that Taylor sent with those violations.
"It is the blatant disregard for court orders that I think is most concerning," Johnson said. "There is a history of undesirable patterns here, and with that is the multitude of crimes being committed."
He noted that traits shown by Taylor throughout her cases were lined with excuses. One of the excuses noted was that arrests were not being made due to COVID-19, and Johnson stated that Taylor felt she wouldn't be arrested for her crimes due to the pandemic.
"That type of mindset shows me there's a risk in a void of any personal accountability in herself. I also see culpability in these as she has conducted these crimes herself," Johnson said.
It should also be noted that there is more to the story. Taylors defense attorney Jeffrey Erickson recommended that probation should take place, and noted that during the time that crimes were committed, Taylor had been suffering with mental health issues due to a problematic upbringing and the abuse of substances.
"She is getting treatment now on a consistent basis," Erickson said. "Witnesses have also alluded to the fact that she is a person of a lot of potential. Ms. Taylor has substance abuse issues, and there are ways to address them outside of prison."
Ms. Taylor made a statement apologizing to those she had hurt through her actions.
"My actions seem surreal and came from an unhealthy mind, unable to weigh the consequences of what I was doing to my life and the lives of others," Taylor said. "The pain, guilt and lack of control I feel is immeasurable. While I wish I could retract a lot of my actions, the best thing I have been able to do from here is work hard to heal from my emotional demons and ensure that this time of my life is never repeated."
While Judge Margaret Kohler appreciated Taylor's statement, she noted that her behavior does not fit into our society.
"The behavior you have shown is dangerous," Kohler said. "You also showed a total disregard for court orders in terms of your bond. A slap on the wrist is insufficient to deter you as well as others."
Judge Kohler approved of the recommended sentence imposed by the state and Taylor was remanded to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
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