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Tiger Woods identity case man gets 200 years

The man who used Tiger Woods' identity to steal $17,000 worth of goods was sentenced to 200 years-to-life in prison under California's three-strikes law.

Anthony Lemar Taylor was convicted of falsely obtaining a driver's license with the name Eldrick T. Woods, the golf star's Social Security number and his birth date.

Judge Michael Vargas gave Taylor the maximum sentence under California's three-strikes law as Taylor has been convicted of 20 misdemeanor or felony crimes over 17 years.

Taylor's lawyer, James Greiner, said the 200-year term is essentially a death sentence which should be reserved for those who injure or kill someone. He urged Judge Vargas to sentence Taylor to 19 years in prison, the minimum sentence for the man who was convicted of eight theft and two perjury counts.

Greiner also stated that he thought the prosecution used Wood's celebrity status in trial.

"The prosecution had a theory - to bring Mr. Tiger Woods in here and create a celebrity case and ride that celebrity status to convict Mr. Taylor."

Prosecutors said they treated Woods no different than any other crime victim except special courthouse access when he testified in December.

 


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