St. Louis man gets life sentence for murder by screwdriver

ST. CHARLES, Mo. | A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend with a screwdriver.

Forty-seven-year-old William E. Taylor was sentenced Monday in the May 24, 2007 death of 61-year-old Harriet Mallow of St. Charles County. Prosecutors say she was stabbed 22 times with a screwdriver that he used to break into her home.

Taylor was found guilty in May of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and misdemeanor trespassing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that prosecutors say Taylor killed Mallow because she wanted to stop dating him.

Taylor also was sentenced to 61 years in prison for armed criminal action and six months in jail for trespassing.