DOJ announces recent guilty pleas

Zepplin Ray Taylor-McGinness

DOVER — On Friday, the Delaware Department of Justice announced recent guilty pleas including, among others:

• A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree rape and one count of endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced by a Kent County Superior Court judge to one year in prison followed by probation.

In late 2017, Zepplin Ray Taylor-McGinness, then 21 years old and stationed at Dover Air Force Base, was harboring a 14-year-old runaway he met online and had sex with her while she stayed with him in Dover, the DOJ said. Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson prosecuted this case.

• Deputy Attorney General Amanda DiLiberto secured a guilty plea from a 31-year-old Wilmington man on promoting prison contraband and possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited.

In 2017, the DOJ said, prison guards found Eric Holmes in possession of a “shank” during a strip search while incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna for a prior weapons offense. As part of the plea, Holmes agreed that he is eligible to be sentenced as a habitual offender because of previous convictions for assault and weapons charges.

Holmes faces at least three additional years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 20 by a Superior Court judge. Paralegal Julie Caputo and Administrative Assistant Terri Antonio assisted with the case.

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