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Guilty plea ends tow-truck driver's shooting case

Posted August 13, 2008

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— The  man charged with shooting a Rocky Mount tow-truck driver on New Year's Day 2007 pleaded guilty Tuesday, bringing his trial to an abrupt end.

N.C. Superior Court Judge J. Richard Parker sentenced James Taylor Jr., 24, of 717 Starling Way in Rocky Mount, to 25 to 30 months in prison, according to the Rocky Mount district attorney's office.

William Corbett, 25, was shot when he tried to tow a car parked outside a business across from a nightclub on North Church Street, police said. Witnesses said a large group of people left the club at about the same time Corbett was hooking the illegally parked car to his wrecker, and they surrounded him.

One man in the crowd pulled a gun, shot Corbett in the chest and fled, police said.


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  • voiceofreason32 Aug 14, 2008

    RMPD has gone downhill since Manley took over. They are not aggressive enough, and obviously they are doing sloppy investigations. If the chief spent more time on police work and less time trying to hook up with cadets, maybe the crime rate would go down and investigations would be conducted properly.

  • pebbles262004 Aug 14, 2008

    what is the law coming to...If I was that tow drivers wife or mama you can best believe I would have got more time than the killer did, because I would have really showed my --- in that court room. IT IS SAD THAT MANS LIFE WAS ONLY WORTH 2 YRS. IN PRISON ...TO OUR LAW

  • ooooooooooooooooo Aug 14, 2008

    Another one of RM's great stories. Of course, no one else saw exactly who shot who. They never do snitch on their own. The unfortunate tow truck driver was only doing his job and working at night while the guilty ones were partying and leaving their cars in tow away zones. Wake up people, RM is doomed.

  • 68_polara Aug 14, 2008

    Sounds like Durham justice.

  • Tax Man Aug 14, 2008

    Well, I am a little surprised at the short sentence. My guess is he will be back for a longer one after he gets out!

  • Sound Tech Aug 14, 2008

    Ol Forrester - According to what I am reading in the local papers on this case the blame does not lie with the judge or prosecutor. Basically it looks like the RM police department botched their investigation of this case so bad that the defendant would have probably walked anyway. Rocky Mount needs new leadership in its police department and its city council but the same ones keep getting elected over and over again.

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  • Ol Forrester Aug 14, 2008

    People, we need to keep track of what judge and what prosecutor are involved. Election day isn't that far away.

  • Seeminglyopposed Aug 14, 2008

    He would have gotten more time if he was caught selling drugs. I hope this is a misprint. That is why crime is continuing to grow, the sentencing for murder is a laugh, but hey sell a little smoke and your girlfried will be sending you paytel cards for the next 20 to 30 years in prison.

  • Notinitforthemoney Aug 13, 2008

    No they aren't joking 25-30months, You know the policy snitches get snitches. It seems that the witnesses didnt remember the story like they told police.