A Gallia County woman charged in connection with the death of Zane T. Taylor last summer will spend 15 years in the state prison system for her role in his untimely demise.
The last of the four co-defendants to be sentenced in this case, Lacey S. Redmond, 26, Gallipolis, appeared before Judge D. Dean Evans last week and was sentenced to five years of incarceration for aggravated robbery and 10 years of imprisonment for complicity to involuntary manslaughter.
Redmond, along with James C. Garrett, 22, Point Pleasant, Eugene O. Wasonga, 25, Point Pleasant, and Steven L. Williams, 31, Bidwell, were indicted last year in connection with the June 11, 2012, death of Taylor, 33, at his home located on Ohio 218.
Reportedly, the four suspects traveled together to Taylor’s residence on the afternoon on June 11 with a plan to rob him.
Redmond, who was reportedly familiar with the victim, made the initial contact, while the remaining three suspects entered Taylor’s home to steal money and any other items of value that could be located throughout the house.
The suspects reportedly told investigators that it was Garrett’s pre-arranged “job” to hold the victim to prevent his involvement in the robbery — an arrangement that reportedly led to Taylor’s death.
Following the robbery, the four reportedly exited the residence, loaded their vehicle with stolen items and subsequently disposed of the unwanted stolen property along Raccoon Creek Road where it was later discovered by police.
Redmond, Williams and Wasonga were later arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery and complicity to commit murder, while Garrett, who was also charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of complicity to commit aggravated robbery, was the only suspect charged with murder in this case.
Garrett, who entered a last-minute plea agreement on the date of his scheduled jury trial on February 27, was sentenced on March 5 to serve 11 years in a state prison for involuntary manslaughter.
Wasonga and Williams, who both pleaded guilty to robbery and tampering with evidence, were recently sentenced to serve 30 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for robbery and a total of 12 months for the tampering with evidence charge.
Williams was also sentenced in two unrelated common pleas cases for drug possession and trafficking in drugs. Both of these cases yielded one-year sentences to be served consecutively for a total of five years and six months when totaled with his sentence in the Taylor murder case.
Redmond, who pleaded guilty in early February to aggravated robbery and complicity to involuntary manslaughter, was initially scheduled to appear on March 5 for sentencing.
However, a final hearing in this case was continued to this week when she was sentenced to serve a total of 15 years of imprisonment for her involvement in the death of Zane Taylor.
According to the journal entry filed in this case, Redmond will face a mandatory five years of post release control — a period of supervision by the Adult Parole Authority — in relation to both the charge of aggravated robbery and complicity to involuntary manslaughter.
She was credited with 276 days served, along with any future custody days while awaiting transportation to a state prison.
The defendant was ordered to have not contact with the family of Taylor and must pay the costs of prosecution.
By Amber Gillenwater - Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio (MCT)
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