Larry Taylor, 43 years of age, was arraigned today on a one-count felony warrant authorized by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office for Solicitation of Murder for plotting to kidnap and kill State Representative Barb Byrum. Taylor, who is currently incarcerated in Baraga Correctional Facility, was arrested by troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) L’Anse Post on Sept. 26, 2011.
The investigation into Taylor started on Sept. 9, 2011, when Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators at the Marquette Branch Prison intercepted a letter detailing a plot by Taylor to kidnap and murder Byrum.
DOC investigators contacted the MSP Negaunee Post, who with the assistance of the MSP Major Case Unit, started an undercover operation that culminated with Taylor calling an undercover officer to discuss the details of the plot.
Taylor was subsequently transferred to the Baraga Correctional Facility, where he remains today.
Solicitation of Murder carries a possible prison sentence of life or any number of years.