Killer of taxi driver sentenced to 40 years

GEORGETOWN – A Sussex County man will spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Millsboro taxi driver more than two years ago.

Deputy Attorneys General Martin Cosgrove and Caroline Brittingham on Oct. 25 secured a plea to murder second degree and robbery first degree from 25-year-old Joshua Dutton, according to Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky.

In August 2014, Dutton was picked up in Rehoboth Beach by a taxi driven by 45-year-old William Toomey.

The taxi was found a few hours later along Country Living Road near Millsboro.

Special to the Sussex County Post Delaware State Police Friday arrested this man, Joshua J. Dutton, 23, for first-degree murder in the strangulation death of William Toomey.

Joshua J. Dutton

Dutton used his belt to strangle Toomey, then robbed him before leaving the cab, according to authorities.

Judge Richard Stokes sentenced Dutton to a total of 40 years in prison, followed by one year of work release, then nine years of probation.

Delaware State Police homicide detectives initially charged Dutton with first-degree murder upon his arrested in September 2014.

 

The Sussex County Post delivers news from Georgetown and southern Delaware. Follow @SussexPost on Twitter.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.