An Idaho man could spend the rest of his days behind bars slashing his roommate’s throat and stabbing him multiple times after claiming the victim was trying to start a Nazi sect. unfounded. District Judge Bruce Pickett on Wednesday sentenced the 34-year-old to life in prison for 27 years Douglass Taylor for the 2020 brutal murder of 51 years old Hermann Hans Woerrleinthe Idaho State Magazine report.
Taylor in December pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder after reaching an agreement with prosecutors stipulating that the state would require a sentence of 25 years to life.
Taylor’s attorney, public defender Jason Gustaves, is said to have spent much of Wednesday’s proceedings highlighting his client’s struggles with mental health and the state’s failure to provide him with the help he needs. He detailed Taylor’s history, which began when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia at about age 20, then progressed to schizophrenia shortly thereafter, each East Idaho News.
“This is a crime that should not have happened,” Gustaves said. “Hans doesn’t deserve to die. Two families don’t need to lose family like this. Hospitals and courts, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, have all touched on Doug too many times to be justified. Idaho has a deeply flawed structural system for mental health that has allowed cases of this type to put the public at risk.”
Gustaves also notes that Taylor has been hospitalized or admitted to a psychiatric facility 29 to 32 times since her initial diagnosis.
In December 2019, a judge reportedly ordered Taylor to commit, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare sent him to Blackfoot State Hospital. But he was released after five weeks, despite “exercising strange behavior” just two days before he was taken, Gustaves said. He called the state’s mental health system a “sieve” that moves patients as quickly as possible “to alleviate the pressing need for bed space.”
Less than two months after being released from prison, Taylor stabbed Woerrlein to death.
But Judge Pickett settled for two more years with what prosecutors suggested, highlighting the “disgusting” nature of Taylor’s crimes.
“This is a horrible case,” Pickett said shortly before sentencing. “It was also a terribly sad case. I make that distinction because I think your attorney has presented – and I will address – those mental health issues. But the state has also exposed the heinous nature of the crime.”
As previous report According to Law & Crime, Idaho Falls Police Department officers on March 10, 2020 answered a 911 call around 10:30 p.m. about a man being stabbed at a sober home mentally ill people on the corner of Higbee Avenue and 17th Street. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders reported finding Woerrlein motionless in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor.
Another resident at the home told police at the scene he heard noises from upstairs as he was getting ready for bed in the basement, saying he heard Woerrlein shouting, “No, do it please stop,” and go see what happened. going on.
“I ran up the stairs, and I saw [sic] Douglass stood over Hans Woerrlein with blood stains on the floor,” the roommate said, according to an affidavit. obtained by East Idaho News. “He had a knife in his hand, and he pulled it from Hans Woerrlein’s neck. Then he ran through the house, left the knife in the living room and walked out through the front door.” An autopsy determined that Woerrlein suffered “17 stabs and six slashes” from the knife.
Officers quickly found Taylor sitting behind a nearby building and reportedly took him to the County Law Enforcement Building, where police said he was ready to admit murder. He is said to be covered with the victim’s blood.
“[Taylor] replied that he was responsible for the murder of Hermann Hans Woerrlein,” IFPD Detective Howard Schwicht reported Written in the affidavit. “[Taylor] admonitions led to the conclusion that he had ‘brutally stabbed the guy to death. . . and make sure he’s dead. [Taylor] estimated that he stabbed him about 15 times (and) then slashed his throat.”
He told investigators Woerrlein was “trying to start a new cult with Germanic mythology” and allegedly referred to the victim as “young Hitler”. Taylor is also reported to stress that he is an atheist who “doesn’t accept the practice of religion”.
After stabbing Woerrlein, Taylor told police he didn’t want to help the man, saying “he just wanted to put that [the knife] down,” the affidavit said.
The roommate who called 911 told investigators that politics and religion were common in the home and that Taylor and Woerrlein had never fought before the stabbing.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Pickett also ordered Taylor to pay a $5,000 fine as well as $3,100 in restitution, each East Idaho News.
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