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Man sentenced to 25-30 years in double murder

Posted September 18, 2009

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Friday to at least 25 years in prison for the slayings of a couple two years ago.

James Arthur Whitaker, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the April 17, 2007, deaths of Simon Alonzo Taylor and his wife, Christina Ida Brown Taylor.

Police found the remains of the Taylors in a wooded area east of Capital Boulevard. Investigators said it appeared the Taylors used the site as an informal encampment.

Whitaker was acquainted with the Taylors, police said.


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  • freedomdiddy Sep 18, 2009

    To those of you who say this man will be out in ten years, you are wrong. There is no parole in North Carolina for crimes committed after October 1, 1994. This has been the law for almost 15 years and yet there are still people who haven't clued in. 25-30 years may or may not be enough time to suit you but you should at least use the truth in your arguments.

  • rcrdngcountry Sep 18, 2009

    he only killed two people. why did he get SO MUCH TIME.

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Sep 18, 2009

    so he is only sentenced about 12-15 years for each life he took? That is a total crock and I am sick of this justice system!!! He could have sold crack and got the same sentence but he murdered two people and he probably will only end up doing half the time.

  • Meeya2Sweet Sep 18, 2009

    just the otha week they was saying this 21 yr old got 230 sum yrs in prison for 9 robbings and death...this person take 2 lives that cant be given back...but will still make it out of prison in his late 50's or 60's only word i can say is WOWWWW!

  • twc Sep 18, 2009

    Anyone notice how short this story is? Those people must not have been very important. Just the fact that it was a family should have made for a few more paragraphs. East of Capital Blvd.--that narrows it down.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 18, 2009

    "Something must not be right. Either the report is incorrect or the justice system needs some serious fixing. Probably both."

    Probably both is exactly right!

  • whatchoo_sayin Sep 18, 2009

    Looks like another murderer is getting off light. Anyone convicted of murder in this country should not be allowed to see the light of day again. The court system is failing society by not punishing violent crime in a way that will deter such crimes. Granted, the money is not to be found in deterring crime , but rather in processing criminals. That's why in a society based upon greed, we'll never see the end of these types of stories.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Sep 18, 2009

    is it not ridiculous you get less jail time for murder, than drugs and sex

  • icdumbpeople Sep 18, 2009

    I dont understand......two people killed and he will be out in 10 years. Somebody .... Somewhere.... needs to fix this.

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 18, 2009

    Something must not be right. Either the report is incorrect or the justice system needs some serious fixing. Probably both.