Sorry, Brian Earl Taylor — not even Adele will save you.
Taylor, 21, prepared an original song for a judge before his sentencing for unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon.
“Hello there, your honor,” Taylor sang before Judge Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien last week. “I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and I try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know — that door, I closed. And your honor I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.”
The tune seemed to be inspired by Adele’s smash hit “Hello.” Taylor ended his song by also apologizing to his mother and the victim.
“Thank you, your honor,” Taylor finished.
The courtroom soul session didn’t seem to sway the judge at all — Taylor was sentenced to up to 17 years in prison.
Last November, Taylor was arrested when police found him engaged in physical struggle with another man. According to police, Taylor had a gun pointed to the man’s abdomen. Police say the ordeal was an attempted kidnapping and robbery gone awry.
According to a Ann Arbor News report, Taylor had asked the judge for a sentence of only 36 months because he wanted to obtain his degree from Eastern Michigan University by the age of 26.
Judge O’Brien said Taylor was “obviously a talented man,” adding that she hopes he will take advantage of programs during his prison stint to better prepare him for his life goals after he’s released.
The Ann Arbor News report has more specifics of Taylor’s sentencing:
Through a sentence agreement, Taylor was sentenced two years in prison for illegally carrying a concealed weapon and 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment. Five other charges against him in the case were dismissed.