MEDFORD, N.Y. – A jury handed down a guilty verdict Thursday in the case of a young mother who disappeared on Long Island two years ago and whose body was found in a wooded area near the home he shared with her mother.
A spokeswoman for the Suffolk County prosecutor’s office said Dante Taylor was convicted on all counts in the June 2014 slaying of Sarah Goode.
Taylor was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder and attempted rape, according to the Suffolk County prosecutor's office. A jury took three days to make its decision.
Goode had been stabbed 42 times and semen found on her body matched Taylor's DNA, prosecutors said.
Taylor faces life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder conviction. He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 29.
A medical technician and mother to a toddler, Goode was reported her missing June 8, 2014, after her family hadn’t heard from her for two days. She was last seen at a friend’s home and vanished after leaving a party.
Soon after, her car was found “under suspicious circumstances” in a wooded area near the Medford home she shared with her mother. She was 21; her daughter was 4 at the time of her disappearance.
Goode’s disappearance spurred a massive search effort which led to the grisly discovery of her body near Camden Court in Medford. A member of that search party discovered Goode’s remains.
The next month, in July 2014, Taylor was arrested in Florida by Suffolk County detectives and the U.S. Marshals on an unrelated warrant.