Man receives 17 to 22 years for fatal shooting

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FORSYTH CO., N.C. — Gwendolyn Miller White said Wednesday that she knew her son, Marcus Stephen Miller, didn’t always do the right thing, but that didn’t give anyone the right to kill him the night of Oct. 22, 2009.

Miller, 26, died that night from a gunshot wound to the head, and his body was found lying in the front yard at 1752 Pleasant St.

That May, he had gotten out of prison after serving time on drug-trafficking charges. White said she wakes up every day and sees a photograph of her son on the wall, hoping sometimes that maybe her son really isn’t dead.

Then she realizes that he is gone, and that the joy and laughter he brought into her life is gone.

“I loved that boy, and nobody had the right to take him away like that,” she said in Forsyth Superior Court.

She sat on the front row as Jerome Marvin Taylor, 25, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection to her son’s death. But Taylor, who also has a prior criminal record, wasn’t the shooter.

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.