Barboni Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder

OSWEGO, NY – The jury has spoken in the case of Jay John Barboni.

They returned with a verdict of guilty this afternoon (Aug. 4) after deliberating about two days.

Barboni, 31, formerly of Falcon Drive, Liverpool, was convicted of second-degree murder, a class A felony, and first-degree manslaughter, a class B felony.

Barboni had been charged in connection with the death of 15-month-old Nicholas Taylor.

The infant died Aug. 18, 2008.

He was the son of Barboni’s girlfriend, Dawn Taylor.

Speaking with Oswego County Today outside the courthouse, Taylor said the verdict doesn’t actually bring closure.

“I feel better that he was found guilty of those charges, but … it’s not going to bring (Nicholas) back,” she said.

She said she’d take it one day at a time, and perhaps set up some sort of memorial in honor of Nicholas.

The trial took a week and two days, she noted, adding the deliberations took about six hours.

She never saw any warning signs that Barboni might abuse her son.

The child died as a result of “severe head” trauma last August while Barboni was watching him, according to court documents.

“I never saw it coming, nothing,” she said. “Do background checks on your boyfriends; because, you never know.  Be careful on who you date.”

Barboni will return to Oswego County Court on Sept. 4 for sentencing.