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December 6, 2013

Taylor sentencing rescheduled

ELIZABETHTOWN — Paul J. Taylor’s sentencing, scheduled for Thursday, was adjourned to Dec. 19.

He is one of three men convicted in the death of Robert M. Rennie, a Keeseville man and single father who died after a brutal beating on Aug. 26, 2012.

Taylor was found guilty by an Essex County jury in September of second-degree murder, gang assault and possession of a weapon for his role in the kicking and beating assault, which forensic evidence showed caused Rennie’s death.

Court officials said the sentencing delay was made to allow more time in court.

A restitution hearing in Taylor’s case will be held at 10 a.m., ahead of final sentencing.

He is in Essex County Jail, there since his arraignment in October last year.

Scott E. Denno and Michael D. Rivers were also convicted at separate trials last summer for their roles in the fatal attack.

Denno was sentenced to 25 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and gang assault.

Sentencing in Rivers’s case has been adjourned three times due to a change in legal counsel. 

Convicted of first-degree manslaughter and gang assault, he also faces a maximum 25 years in prison.

Denno has appealed his conviction.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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