SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering his own mother at her Narragansett home.
Robert Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Allison Taylor, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced. The charge was reduced from first-degree murder as part of a deal with prosecutors, which also dismissed additional charges of mutilation of a body, larceny, and vandalism.
Had the case proceeded to trial, prosecutors were prepared to prove that Taylor killed his mother in May of 2013 and attempted to cover up the crime by cutting up her body and throwing her in a dumpster.
Taylor, 48, was given a life sentence under the terms of the plea agreement. He must serve 20 years before he’s eligible for parole.
“Mom was the best mother you could ask for,” Taylor said as he addressed the court. “She certainly deserved a hell of a lot better son than she got.”
Taylor then apologized to the state, to the town of Narragansett, and to first responders, but not to his family. He still wanted them to know he’s not a monster.
“I don’t know what to say because I know apologies are not good enough,” he stated. “I don’t want anyone to think that I’m cold and I don’t think of her, and I don’t think of them, my whole family, every minute.”
Both of Taylor’s sisters spoke before his sentencing. One said the family is forever broken beyond repair and the other said that while she doesn’t hate her brother, she’s lost both him and her mother for different reasons.
On May 7, 2013, Narragansett police responded to an apartment complex on Caswell Street to question Robert Taylor about a possible larceny at St. Thomas Moore Church. They arrived to find a nursing assistant, who told police she had an appointment with Allison Taylor but was kept out of the apartment by her son.
The CNA also stated that Robert asked her to go to a nearby store and purchase bleach, paper towels, and a shower curtain, according to police. When she returned with the items, police said Robert allowed her into the apartment and told her that his mother was staying at a rehabilitation facility.
According to police, Robert Taylor then asked the CNA to bleach the walls, floors, sinks, and countertops – which she refused to do – before he was seen carrying several small bags out of the building.
Responding officers spoke to Robert, saying he gave evasive answers about the larceny and his mother’s whereabouts before taking out a knife and trying to slit his own wrist. Police apprehended him and transported him to an area hospital for his injury.
Police entered the apartment and found no sign of Allison Taylor, but during a search of the premises officers discovered her dismembered remains inside a dumpster.
A motive for the killing has never been disclosed.
Allison Taylor’s autopsy revealed she was asphyxiated and suffered several blunt force injuries, including abrasions, contusions, and rib fractures.