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Lubbock man pleads guilty to involvement in 2003 murder

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A Lubbock man will spend the next 20 years in prison for his part in a murder that occurred 10 years ago.

Johnny Taylor, 31, pled guilty Monday morning to providing a criminal instrument of unlawful use.

Police say Taylor gave an unidentified suspect a shotgun in December of 2003.

Taylor's attorney says the shotgun was not operable, but the suspect was still able to use it to rob and brutally murder 70-year-old Hulen Benson.

Court documents show the suspect shoved the barrel of the gun into Benson's mouth with so much force that it caused his jugular to rupture.

When Taylor had the weapon back in his possession, he disposed of it.

Taylor's attorney, Jeff Nicholson, said, "I think he knows several members of the victim's family, and he indicated to me at one time that if he had known anything like this was going to happen at the time, he would have not had the role he had in this particular matter."

Taylor was indicted in 2008 while serving time for aggravated assault.

During Monday morning's proceedings, Benson's daughter and granddaughter read their statements concerning how they were affected by the murder.

Both Benson's daughter and granddaughter provided their statements to KCBD.

The suspected killer has yet to go on trial.

PDF: Victim's daughter statement

PDF: Victim's granddaughter statement

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