Foster gets 23 years for Taylor murder
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:02 AM
"Bradley Foster, the man who shot Immanuel Taylor in June 1999 during a marijuana dispute, was sentenced to almost 24 years in prison Aug. 11 in Kitsap County Superior Court. County Deputy Prosecutor Andy Anderson said Foster received a mid-range sentence agreed to in a plea bargain.A number of people in the packed courtroom had things they wanted to say, Anderson said. He added it was an emotional hearing.Before (Foster) received the sentence, he read a statement to the court and the victim's family to apologize for what he'd done, Anderson said.But Foster himself did not seem to show emotion during or after the reading or after his sentencing. He was not surprised, Anderson said.Foster pleaded guilty to second degree murder with one count of assault with a firearm enhancement.Cory Bassat, the man who kicked down the door to Taylor's apartment, was also sentenced Aug. 11 to more than 13 years in prison. Anderson said his sentence was a little bit above what the state recommended in the plea agreement, though his sentence still was below the middle of the possible range. Bassat pleaded guilty to second degree murder.Thomas Rivera, who pleaded guilty to three counts of assault, each with a firearm enhancement, was sentenced to almost 15 years - the top of the range. He did not have a plea agreement. Rivera tried to shoot Taylor, too, but his gun jammed.In addition, Ryan Watkins, one of three people who drove the car that night, was sentenced to six months in jail, Anderson said. He pleaded guilty and testified during the trial. Two people are left to be sentenced for Taylor's murder. Steven Lacy is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison for calling Foster into his marijuana dispute with Taylor. Anderson said Lacy had called Foster for help. Another accomplice, Natalie Bishop, is expected to be sentenced to six months. "