A Michigan man convicted of unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon broke into song at his sentencing hearing in an Ann Arbor courtroom, reports revealed Thursday.
Brian Earl Taylor, 21, said “sorry” in his minute-long song to the judge, his mother and his victim with notes and words that sounded like Adele’s hit “Hello,” MLive reported. Read More after the cut…
“Hello there, your honor. I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and I’ll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know — that door, I closed,” Taylor could be heard singing in March 10 footage from Washtenaw County Trial Court. The onlookers sat waiting for their hearings to start and checking their phones as if it were nothing out of the ordinary.
“And your honor I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry,” The jail uniform-clad Taylor continued, gesturing with his hands for emphasis as best as he could with them handcuffed. “To my mother, I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. To the victim, I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. Yes, your honor, I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.
Adele’s song tells the story of a woman trying to apologize to a beau whose heart she broke years ago. Yet Taylor crooned to say sorry to a 23-year-old Ypsilanti man police said he was robbing at gunpoint when they caught him Nov. 9 in the second-floor stairway of an apartment building.
Investigators believe Taylor and two other men forced the man into a car and drove to his Railroad St. home to rob him. Police said Taylor was on parole in Wayne County and had multiple open felony warrants at the time. He’s also scheduled to appear in court again March 24 on a charge of stealing or retaining a financial transaction device without consent.
Yet just as Adele sings, “But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore,” it may not have made any difference that Taylor belted out his song. Prosecutors had already dropped five other charges against him in a sentencing agreement, and he received a two-year prison sentence for the weapon conviction and 18 months to 15 years for false imprisonment.
Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien told Taylor she hopes he uses inmate programs as he pursues his stated goals of getting a college business management degree, playing a bigger role at his church and giving up smoking weed.
And, O’Brien said, he is “obviously a talented young man.”