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Man connected to Drexel case can be sentenced federally for unrelated crime

Man connected to Drexel case can be sentenced federally for unrelated crime

July 01, 2019 10:16 AM

WASHINGTON (WHEC) — A Supreme Court decision earlier in June means that a case involving a man accused of being connected to the disappearance of Chili teen Brittanee Drexel can and will be sentenced federally in an unrelated case.

According to NBC affiliate WMBF in Myrtle Beach, the Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Gamble means that Timothy Dashaun Taylor will face sentencing in a 2011 robbery case, even after he served 18 months probation on state charges.

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Although Taylor was indicted on the charges in 2016, his attorney called it unconstitutional because of the double jeopardy clause. As a result, Taylor's sentencing was placed on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a similar case, U.S. v. Gamble. Like Taylor, the defendant in that case claimed that he was being tried twice for the same crime, one in state court and then in federal court. 

On June 17, the Supreme Court declined Gamble's appeal, citing what is known as the dual sovereignty doctrine, which states that state and federal courts are two different entities and therefore the same can can be tried twice.

Taylor could face 10 ot 20 years in prison, but a sentencing date hasn't been set, according to WMBF. 

In 2016, jailhouse informant Taquan Brown implicated Taylor in the disappearance of Drexel, a charge that Taylor denied to News10NBC's Brett Davidsen in an exclusive interview

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