Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Armed Robbery and Manslaughter

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January 15, 2020

Columbia – Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Jordan Taylor, pled guilty to Attempted Armed Robbery and Manslaughter. He was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years in prison.

On June 16, 2017, the victim, Deangelo Henderson and co-defendant in the case went to a convenience store where they ran into the defendant. The defendant asked for a ride and got in the back passenger seat. He immediately began whispering to the co-defendant, who was the passenger, about a plan to rob the victim of his car. Soon after, defendant pointed the gun at the victim saying “give it up”. The victim lunged to the back of the car to protect himself, co-defendant attempted to gain control of the car; several shots were fired and the car eventually came to a stop. Mr. Henderson died from gunshot wounds. The defendant and co-defendant fled the scene.

RCSD located a Statewide Security camera near where a neighbor observed one of the suspects throw his shirt. On the video surveillance, they observed two (2) individuals matching the description, defendant hiding in the bushes for a brief period. The murder weapon was recovered that afternoon from those bushes and evidence collected from the car matched the weapon recovered.

The co-defendant was interviewed, and gave a written statement implicating Taylor as the shooter. He was arrested the next morning at his home.

Defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday January 7th prior to the start of trial.

Assistant Solicitors Kathryn Cavanaugh, Peter O’Reilly, and Sam McGlothin represented the State; the Honorable Jocelyn Newman presided.

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