Michael Boysen sentenced to two life prison terms for killing grandparents

Michael Chadd Boysen listens as he
Michael Chadd Boysen listens as he's sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering her grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, in March. He's flanked by his attorneys
— image credit: Dean A. Radford/Renton Reporter

Michael Chadd Boysen was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without possibility of parole Friday for killing his grandparents at their Fairwood home in March.

The sentencing came after King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North rejected his attorneys' motion to sentence the 27-year-old Boysen to 40 years for murdering Robert and Norma Taylor.

Boysen's family spoke before the sentence was imposed, talking about a son and nephew, and the parents he killed.

Melanie Taylor – Boysen's mother and the daughter of the murdered Taylors – expressed her love for her son and the scene she faced when she found her parents dead in a closet after a family party welcoming Boysen home from prison.

She told the court that her son had changed when he became a drug addict.

"We have always loved you, Chadd," she said.

Boysen's uncle, Robert Taylor, said his nephew was just after "easy money" when he robbed his grandparents.

His statement was read for him by a victims' advocate.

As he walked back to his seat, Robert Taylor told Boysen, "I forgive you."

Boysen jumped up and swore an at an aunt when she recounted how her nephew had planned the killing of her parents. There were six guards in the courtroom.

Boysen also spoke, hoping that his family would forgive him but expressing doubt that they would.

He railed against the poor treatment he received by the legal system and in the King County Jail, when he was held for about seven months.

He attempted suicide in jail and was treated at Harborview Medical Center 16 times, he said.

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