Denison man pleads guilty to murder, asks judge to set punishment

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- A Denison man pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday for a car crash that killed a woman and her unborn child last year.

Last January, Richard Allen Taylor Jr. drove his car off the road and into a home on Morton and Armstrong, killing the pregnant woman inside and seriously injuring another person.

Wednesday, Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and could be headed to prison for life.

28-year-old Jennifer Comstock was in her living room on January 24th, 2013 when Richard Allen Taylor Jr.'s car came crashing through the wall.

He had been ramming another vehicle for several blocks before losing control.

"His vehicle came unattached from the vehicle he was hitting, left the roadway, and went into the house where these two ladies were killing one and severely injuring another," said Grayson County District Attorney, Joe Brown.

Comstock, who was pregnant at the time, was killed. 43-year-old, Nicolie Thompson, was hospitalized for several days.

Denison police say on the night of the accident, Taylor had meth in his system.

On Wednesday, Taylor pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Brown says as a part of the plea agreement, they dropped sentencing enhancements.

"He'd been convicted of a crime before so he's eligible for a minimum of 25 years. We agreed to drop that to five years," Brown said.

Brown says now Taylor could face anywhere from five years to life in prison.

He says a judge will set Taylor's punishment after a pre-sentence investigation from the Grayson County Probation office.

He says the sentencing may be in the next three to four weeks.

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