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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Russell Taylor Gets 27 Year Sentence
Russell Taylor (left) with Fogle in happier days (Times Record Photo)
It's a pretty harsh sentence for the crime. Russell Taylor, the former executive director of The Jared Foundation was handed a 27-year sentence in federal prison for his role in the child pornography exploits that brought down his former best friend and boss, Jared Fogle. Taylor pleaded with Judge Tanja Walton Pratt to show mercy on him for his crimes of producing and distributing child porn. He claimed to be the victim of abuse as a child, both physical and sexual. He blamed his exploits in recent years on the encouragement and enticement Fogle gave to him in his role as his boss and principal means of financial support. Judge Pratt wasn't moved. His 27-year sentence is considerably longer than Fogle's 15 year sentence. It was less, however, than the 35-year maximum sentence sought by federal prosecutors. Taylor unsuccessfully attempted to take his own life while being held in jail following his initial arrest earlier this spring.