Duffield Woman Sentenced for Paying to Attempting to Have Son Killed

A Duffield woman accused of asking a relative to kill her son for insurance money was sentenced in Scott County Circuit Court this week.

Despite her son’s request that the charges against his mother be dropped, Mae B. Taylor was sentenced to 20 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections with 10 of those years suspended.

Taylor will serve the remaining 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised probation.

The sentence was handed down by Scott County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Hamilton on Wednesday.

Taylor was recorded requesting a relative to murder her son after the relative informed the Scott County. Sheriff's Office of her intentions. The relative was promised $4,000 of the money she would have received from a life insurance policy upon the death of her son.

Taylor gave a confession saying that she needed the money and believed her son “was going to die soon anyway due to his lifestyle.” Taylor kept her grandchild — the victim’s child — at her home in Duffield.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung refused to drop charges despite the victim's request.


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