Robert M. Taylor, 45, who is accused of murdering his 65-year-old mother, Allison M. Taylor, on Tuesday, has an extensive criminal history in Rhode Island, dating back to 1989.
Taylor has been arrested dozens of times since then in Warwick, Narragansett, Block Island, Newport, Providence, Brown University and South Kingstown, according to Rhode Island Judicial records.
He has faced a host of charges including breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, willful trespass, receiving stolen goods, larceny and driving under the influence.
Taylor’s run-ins with the law began in 1989, when he was 22, according to judicial records.
In October 1989, Narragansett Police charged Taylor with disorderly conduct.
Taylor pleaded no contest to that charge, according to Rhode Island Judiciary records and was sentenced to pay court costs and make a monetary contribution to the victim indemnity fund and the probation fund.
Taylor’s most significant charge and sentence came in February 2007 when he pleaded no contest to a Providence Police charge of breaking and entering a building at night with felonious intent.
Taylor was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 18 months to serve and 102 months of probation.
Between 1989 and 2007, Taylor was arrested a number of times, including an arrest by Warwick Police in 2002 for breaking and entering.
Court records indicate that “no information was signed” in that case.
In June 2004, Narragansett Police charged Taylor with driving under the influence (first offense – BAC unknown). He was also charged with obstructing a police officer, but that charge was dismissed. Taylor pleaded no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 10 hours of community service, to attend DUI school, three months loss of license, assessed a fine and ordered to pay court costs.
In July 2005, Block Island Police charged Taylor with one count of receiving stolen goods (less than $1,500), a misdemeanor. Taylor pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year of probation, to attend substance abuse counseling and assessed court costs.
In June 2006, Newport Police charged Taylor with willful trespass, to which he pleaded no contest. Taylor was sentenced to one-year probation, sentenced to substance abuse counseling, issued a no contact order with the victim and ordered to pay restitution and court costs.
Taylor was also found to be in violation of the terms of his probation from the July 2005 receiving stolen goods charge, to which he admitted.
Taylor has constantly been found in violation of the terms of his probation relating to several of the charges against him.
Just one month later, in July 2006, Narragansett Police arrested Taylor for one count of breaking and entering a building at night with felonious intent and one count of larceny (less than $1,500).
The breaking and entering charge was transferred to the Superior Court, to which Taylor pleaded no contest in November 2006.
He was sentenced to a suspended sentence of six year, six years of probation, ordered to restitution and to attend substance abuse counseling. He was found to be in violation of the terms of his probation several times and has an outstanding balance of $550 on that charge.
The charge of larceny was dismissed in Superior Court.
Taylor was again found to be in violation of his probation relating to earlier charges and in March 2007, he was sentenced to six months of jail time with three months to serve.
In June 2009, South Kingstown Police arrested Taylor for one count of disorderly conduct and one count of resisting arrest. He pleaded no contest to those charges and was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence with six months of probation, ordered to attend substance abuse counseling and was assessed court costs for the disorderly conduct charge. For the resisting arrest charge, Taylor was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to attend alcohol counseling.
In June 2010, Providence Police arrested Taylor for breaking and entering with criminal intent. That charge was later amended to willful trespass to which Taylor pleaded no contest. He was sentenced to one year in prison for the willful trespass charge, with 90 days to serve. He was also sentenced to a nine-month suspended sentence with nine months of probation.
Again, Taylor violated the terms of his probation and was sentenced to serve 45 days in jail that same month.
In September 2011, Brown University Police arrested Taylor for one count of willful trespass and one count of resisting arrest. Taylor pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a total of two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation. He was also assessed court costs.
On year later, in September 2012, Providence Police arrested Taylor for one count of obtaining food or accommodations with intent to defraud. Taylor pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 30 days of a suspended sentence and 30 days of probation. He was ordered to pay restitution and court costs.
Taylor was also found to be in violation of his probation and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.
At the time of the murder, Taylor was still on probation for the 2007 breaking and entering charge.
He will be presented in Washington County Superior Court May 15 as a probation violator. The bail hearing related to this week’s charge of domestic murder will also be heard in Superior Court May 15.