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Man sentenced to 75 years in prison

John Taylor, who was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder, was sentenced Thursday.

Posted on Aug. 10, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

An Elkhart man who was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder in a jury trial earlier this year was sentenced Thursday morning at the Elkhart County Circuit Court.

John Taylor IV, 20, of 903 S. Second St., Elkhart, was sentenced to 75 years in prison and 5 years on probation. Taylor was charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Elkhart last year in October.

According to testimony during the trial in April, Taylor fired 10 shots from an SKS assault rifle, injuring two people, though the wounds were relatively minor.

Taylor fired the shots at Chamar Jackson, Avary Copeland and Michael Raeder. Police reported that Raeder and Copeland suffered arm wounds.

Chief Public Defender Cliff Williams said Taylor is remorseful about how he hurt his family and the victims. As a teenager, Taylor had been arrested for criminal recklessness, dangerous possession of a firearm and pointing a firearm.

“Let’s look at who we are so we don’t do this exercise again next Thursday,” Williams said.

David Francisco, deputy prosecutor, said that there were so many aggravators in the case that the state could not afford to give Taylor another chance.

Francisco argued that “surprisingly there was not a fourth victim” in the incident, because of the time and place of the shooting. According to testimony during trial, one of the bullets of Taylor’s assault rifle was found inside a house. Francisco said the bullet went through a child’s bedroom and landed in the living room of the home.

“It is time for people to start appreciating the consequences of their actions,” he said.

Taylor expressed that he plans to appeal the conviction.

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