A Boston man was sentenced Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole plus an additional 55 years in connection with the beating death of a man at a Twiggs County motel this year.
Twiggs County Superior Court jurors deliberated for about an hour Wednesday before finding 33-year-old John Taylor guilty of murder, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and entering an auto, prosecutor Brandon Faircloth said.
Taylor fatally beat 51-year-old Gene Allen Musgrave of Jeffersonville on Feb. 25, 2011, at the Ambassador Inn, 5193 Ga. 96.
Faircloth said a 20-year portion of Taylor’s sentence stems from Taylor assaulting a maintenance man at the motel.
The maintenance worker was cleaning a bathroom Feb. 26 when Taylor stabbed him repeatedly in the head and neck area, according to a news release.
The burglary charge stems from Taylor entering Musgrave’s motel room. The theft and entering auto charges are from Taylor entering and stealing Musgrave’s car, Faircloth said.
A motel surveillance video showed Taylor entering Musgrave’s motel room Feb. 25. He also appears on video leaving in Musgrave’s car and later returning to the motel, according to the release.
Authorities found keys to Musgrave’s car and safe in Taylor’s pockets after he was arrested.
Blood from the maintenance man and Musgrave was found on Taylor’s shoes. DNA testing also revealed Musgrave’s blood on Taylor’s jacket, according to the news release.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.