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Troy Taylor, who eluded police after a shooting, sentenced to 180 days on previous charges

Troy Taylor, who eluded police for five days across two states during a fatal shooting investigation, was sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to running from police and maintaining a drug house. (WWMT/Jessica Wheeler)

A Van Buren County man who is heading to trial on a murder charge was sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to running from police and maintaining a drug house in a prior offense.

Troy Taylor, 38, of Bloomingdale, is being held on a $3 million bond while he waits for the murder trial to begin.


Taylor is accused of killing 40-year-old Timothy Arthur Henley in Gobles on June 21, 2018. Immediately considered a suspect in the case, Taylor eluded police for five days before he was arrested in White Pigeon, Michigan. For part of that time, investigators said, Taylor was in Indiana.

Henley, of Kalamazoo, died from a gunshot wound after he and Taylor were involved in an argument. The shooting occurred in the front yard of a Pine Grove Township home. Investigators said Taylor’s two minor children witnessed the shooting.

Taylor claimed that he shot in self-defense.

In a Van Buren County courtroom Monday for the sentencing on those drug and fleeing charges, Taylor told Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Brickley that he had changed his ways.

“I’ve come a long way as a person, as a man, as an individual,” Taylor said. “I don’t even know that guy any more so it’s hard for me to talk about what happened.”

The fleeing and drug house charges resulted from an incident in December 2017.

Brickley ordered Taylor’s sentence to be 180 days, with credit for 160 already served.

Taylor is set to go to trial on the murder charge Dec. 11.


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CORRECTION: This article has been edited to correct the time period for the fleeing and eluding and drug house charges, which were filed against Troy Taylor following a December 2017 incident.



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