A man from Lovington who shot at a Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy during a July 2017 incident on U.S. 380, east of Roswell, and then tried to dispose of his weapon, was sentenced to four years in prison.
Judge James Hudson of the 5th Judicial District Court in Roswell sentenced Chadwick Taylor, 43, to three years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on one count of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, according to court documents.
The sentence was enhanced by one year for use of a firearm in commission of a felony, bringing the time in prison to four years. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Taylor will serve two years on parole.
On a charge of tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony, Taylor received a sentence of one year and six months, all suspended and to be served on probation. The probation shall run consecutive or be served after his prison sentence.
Court documents state that in addition to the standard conditions of probation, Taylor will take part in outpatient individual or group counseling to address traumatic stress syndrome.
He will receive routine medical attention to address his chronic medical conditions and receive regular treatment from a psychiatric provider who can closely monitor the psychotropic medication used to address his depression and anxiety symptoms, according to court documents.
A third charge initially brought against Taylor for resisting, evading or obstructing an officer was later dismissed by the prosecution.
The charges came following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation of Taylor following a trial in July where he was found guilty on both charges after opening fire on Mike Ray, a deputy sergeant with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, on July 26, 2017 at Highway 380 near mile post 195 at the Tatum rest stop in Chaves County.
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