The Long Island man was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Sarah Goode in 2014 and was found dead in the northern prison on Saturday, where he was serving his sentence without parole.
The New York State Department of Corrections did not explain how the 22-year-old Dante Taylor died in the highest-security Wende Correctional Facility north of Alden, just outside Buffalo.
In 2016, two years after Goode’s body was found in a wooded area in Medford, a jury in Suffolk County convicted Taylor of first- and second-degree murder and first-degree attempted rape.
On June 8, 2014, Goode was a medical technician. She was the mother of a 4-year-old daughter. Two days after she watched a movie with her friends for the last time, her sister reported that she was missing. Goode’s car was found on Fire Avenue in Medford. A few days later, a member of the search team searching for Goode found her body in the dense woods of Camden Courthouse. Authorities said she was stabbed 42 times.
During the trial, a forensic scientist from the Suffolk Crime Laboratory testified that the semen and other materials extracted from Goode during the autopsy matched Taylor’s DNA.
In July 2016, State Supreme Court Judge John Collins sentenced Taylor to life without parole.
According to the “News Daily” report, Collins told Taylor during the sentence: “You can make chalk marks on the walls of the cell and the cage where you will live. They are meaningless.” “They have no meaning because you don’t have a date to go out. .”
Taylor served in the Marine Corps for about seven months, then was fired for unknown reasons a few months before he killed Goode.