The former Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor was sentenced to 38 months in prison after he plead guilty in August to distribution of crack cocaine.
Taylor, 40, told US District Fourt Judge Louise W. Flanagan during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday that he was sorry he caused so much pain to his family and five daughters.
When Taylor was arrested on March 1, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office reported its undercover narcotic detectives, along with those of the Moorehead City Police Department, had purchased “a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine” from Taylor over the course of several months, according to ESPN.
The US Attorney’s office notes that the former pitcher was responsible for the distribution of more than 200 grams of crack cocaine and about 200 grams of powder cocaine. Thomas Walker, US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, stated:
“This is a tragic story — all too often our professional athletes spiral into criminal activity after an athletic disappointment or injury. I think all of us hope that Mr. Taylor, like many others who have gone down this road, will put their activity behind them and move to a better place in their life.”
Brien Taylor was represented in court by the federal public defender’s office, which stated they have no comment about the case and neither does Taylor. The former pitcher has also denied interview requests following his sentencing.
Taylor was the number-one overall selection during the 1991 draft and received a $1.55 million signing bonus, which was a record at the time. Despite this, the left-hander never threw a pitch in the major leagues, notes the Los Angeles Times.
The Yankees handed Taylor his contract and signing bonus, but he was never able to advance past the double-A level in the minor leagues to play for the MLB. His career in baseball ended in 2000. The pitcher was left with an overall record of 22-30, a 5.12 ERA and 352 walks during 435.2 innings.
The former baseball player will spend 38 months in prison in New Bern, North Carolina, for his conviction of dealing drugs. After he is released from prison, he will have three years of supervised release. The federal system does not allow for parole, but Taylor could potentially reduce his prison sentence by 15 percent if he has good behavior, according to information from the US Attorney’s office.
After Brien Taylor’s sentencing he will be held in the Pamlico County jail while awaiting transfer to a federal prison to serve his time.