Dante Taylor gets life without parole in Sarah Goode murder

Friday, July 29, 2016
Woman's killer sentenced to life without parole
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N.J. Burkett reports on the sentencing for the fatal stabbing of a Medford woman.

MEDFORD, New York (WABC) -- Dante Taylor, convicted of the murder of a 21-year-old Medford mother, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Friday.

A jury found Taylor, of Mastic, guilty of first and second degree murder, and attempted rape in the first degree in the death of Sarah Goode.

He was convicted on June 16.

Goode, 21, of Medford, was a medical technician and the single mother of a young daughter. She vanished after attending a party on June 7, 2014.

Goode was found by volunteer searchers in the woods near Camden Court in Medford on June 12. She had been raped and stabbed more than 40 times.

Investigators say Sarah had met Taylor at the party, and that he killed her in a fit of rage when she rejected his sexual advances.

Taylor was arrested in Vero Beach, Fla., a month later on an unrelated warrant.

It is the maximum sentence for the first-degree murder conviction.

"He set upon her with such brutality that he broke the tip of a cutting instrument off and it embedded in her skull," said prosecutor Janet Albertson.

Given the chance to speak, Taylor said nothing and the judge laced into him in handing down the sentence.

"You may make marks on the cell block on your walls in the cage in the cage in which you will live and they will have no significance," said State Supreme Court Judge John Collins. "You may circle dates on the calendar but they will mean nothing because there is no date for you to get out. There shall be no hope for you."