20-Year-Old Sentenced To Life For Air Jordans Murder But Didn’t Pull The Trigger

Stiff sentence handed down to man who robbed another for his sneakers, leading to his death. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

People were shocked in 2012 when they heard about the shooting death of Joshua Woods, a young Houston man who was killed for his Air Jordan sneakers. However, just as shocking was the swift jury deliberations and stiff sentence handed down to 20-year-old Deron Taylor. Though Taylor admits he was in the car and that he and his friends intended to rob Woods, he was not the actual triggerman. But that didn’t stop a jury from sentencing him to life in prison for the offense of capital murder.

After hearing the case, the jury deliberated for a mere 30 minutes before returning a verdict for conviction. Members of Deron Taylor’s family were outraged by the quick decision and erupted into protest in the courtroom. In Texas, a capital murder charge means you are automatically sentenced to life in prison, without parole. However, since Taylor was 16 at the time of the shooting, he will be eligible for parole in 40 years, when he is 60. This is the second of four trials connected to Joshua Woods’ murder. A jury convicted shooter Neal Bland in February. 

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