Matthew Nelson and William Ryan Taylor were sentenced to prison Monday, April 20, for their involvement in a series of criminal activities in Johnson County on March 31, 2015.
Nelson and Taylor, along with Elizabeth Messemore, were arrested and held on multiple charges after fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle.
Nelson pleaded guilty to three of the seven charges against him – residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; possession of ammunition by a felon, a Class 2 felony; and possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony.
He was sentenced to 11 years in state prison. He was also ordered to pay $350 in restitutions.
Taylor pleaded guilty to vehicle theft conspiracy, a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
Messemore has not yet pled. She has been released on bond awaiting her next court hearing.
During Nelson and Taylor’s plea deals, several charges were dropped to expedite sentencing. Many of the other charges require crime-lab results that take 6-8 months for completion.
At $30 per day to house a prisoner at Massac County Jail, Johnson County State’s Attorney Tambra Cain chose to drop the other charges, thus saving the county more than ten thousand dollars in jail expenses. The dropped charges, if they were found guilty of them, would not had extended Nelson’s or Taylor’s prison times by much.