Underwear Thief Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

A Grand Junction man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for a series of thefts and other sexually–related incidents. Thomas Lawrence Taylor was arrested at his apartment last October for several burglaries involving the theft of women's underwear. He has a long criminal history beginning as a juvenile.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubenstein told Judge David Bottger that Taylor's behavior has shown a pattern of escalating from a "peeping tom", to theft of women's underwear at laundromats, to entering homes to steal underwear. One victim testified that the ordeal caused her to move to another apartment, but she is still uncomfortable in her home.

Taylor apologized to his victims and blamed his behavior on drug use and drinking. Judge Bottger said an evaluation shows Taylor is a poor candidate for reformation. Judge Bottger then sentenced him to consecutive terms totaling 30 years in prison for burglary trespassing and unlawful sexual contact with an at–risk adult, plus two concurrent three year terms for burglary and trespassing. Taylor must also serve five years of probation upon his release from prison.

Rubenstein says he is pleased with the sentence. He says with good behavior, Taylor could be released from prison in 15 years.

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