Ex-Yankees prospect Brien Taylor sentenced to prison

Ex-Yankees prospect Brien Taylor was sentenced to prison Ex-Yankees prospect Brien Taylor was sentenced to prison for distributing crack cocaine. Photo Credit: AP, 1996

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NEW BERN, N.C. -- Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor has been sentenced to 38 months in prison after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine.

The 40-year-old Taylor told U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan during Wednesday's sentencing hearing that he was sorry for causing so much pain to his family and his five daughters.

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Taylor was arrested in March. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office said undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over several months.

Taylor will also have three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Taylor was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1991 draft and got a then-record $1.55 million signing bonus, but he never threw a pitch in the major leagues.

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