COLUMBIA, SC — A man found by deputies hanging in a window, entangled in curtains, has pleaded guilty to assault and battery and possession and intent to distribute drugs.
Michael Jonathan Taylor was arrested in January 2012 after deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department found Taylor hanging upside down in the bathroom window of his Bon Air Drive home north of Columbia. He was tangled in the window’s curtains.
Earlier, as the deputies entered the residence on a search warrant, a shot was fired through the home’s entryway. Deputies found 2½ ounces of marijuana, digital scales and baggies for packaging marijuana in the search.
A jury trial for Taylor began Monday at the Richland County courthouse. While the jury was deliberating, Taylor pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of assault and battery in the first degree and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
He was sentenced to six years for each count of the assault and battery and three years for possession with intent to distribute.