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March 19, 2007

Charleston, SC --   The son of Former Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor, Twenty-three year old Fletcher Taylor,  pled guilty to felony  a drunken driving Charge in a case in which his best friend was killed.  

Joseph Victor Gennert, was killed in the August 2005 crash in Charleston, South Carolina.   Taylor got the minimum sentence of 1 year in prison, a $15,000 fine and 5 years probation.  He told the judge that he has lived with the fact that Gennert's death is his fault.  

Taylor was driving a sport utility vehicle traveling 82 miles per hour when it hit a concrete wall along Interstate 26, causing a tire to blow out and the vehicle to flip, partially throwing Gennert from the vehicle.  

The two men ran up a bar tab of $186  before the crash and Taylor's blood alcohol level was .25 percent at the time of the accident.   That is more than three times the state legal limit of point-zero-eight.   

Members of both Taylor's and the victim's family urged the judge to be lenient.

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