2009-05-28 / Local & State

Pa. Man Gets 20-40 Years In Wife's Electrocution

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A southcentral Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison for the electrocution of his wife, which he maintained was accidental.

Judge Thomas Kelley on Friday imposed the maximum term on 39-year-old Toby Taylor, who was convicted in March of thirddegree murder, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

District Attorney Stan Rebert called the sentence appropriate as punishment and to protect society.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kirsten Taylor died in January 2008 in the couple's trailer in Lower Windsor Township, York County. Authorities said Taylor initially told police that his wife was accidentally shocked by a hair dryer and later said it was the result of consensual sexual activity.

But a woman testified that Taylor had shocked her in nearidentical fashion in 1989 as punishment for talking to other men. Taylor served 41/2 months in Allegheny County Prison for kidnapping and assault.

The judge called Taylor a serial domestic violence offender who had already established that he could not be rehabilitated.

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