Boxer Jermain Taylor entered negotiated guilty pleas this morning before Circuit Judge Leon Johnson. The state reduced to a D felony a charge that he shot at his cousin and also removed a child enhancement allegation from a charge that he’d threatened and assaulted members of a family at the Martin Luther King Day parade. He also has been charged with assaulting a man at a rehab center. Sentencing on three cases was set for April 19.
He’ll be free to travel out of state to continue training for future fights. Taylor, 37, has suffered severe beatings in fights since his championship days. His finances have fallen into disarray and debt suits are pending against him.
Taylor’s attorney, Hubert Alexander, said the plea deal included no agreement on sentencing. That will be up to the judge, based on probation office reports, victim statements and testimonials for Taylor. He said the level of the offenses could qualify for probationary sentences, but it would be up to the judge. He said Taylor was in the best shape he’d been in years. He said he’d lost 40 pounds and was training hard, plus making visits to children and trying to get his career back on track. He said doctors had examined him extensively and found no brain damage had contributed to his actions.
Alexander said clearing up the pending criminal issues should clear the way for fights to be scheduled for Taylor.