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Man convicted of murder in jail beating case

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 8:29 PM
Last updated 10:04 PM
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A man who fatally beat another man to death in a holding cell in the Richmond County jail was convicted of murder Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Jeremy Taylor shortly after the Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted him of murder and aggravated assault. Jolly added a 20-year consecutive sentence for the assault conviction. Taylor, 33, caused the head wounds that killed 48-year-old Earl Bolar on Aug. 17, 2011.

Before the trial began, Taylor was offered a plea negotiation for a life sentence with the possibility of parole but rejected it, repeatedly.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Land requested the maximum sentence for Taylor. Defense attorney Peter Johnson asked the judge not to punish Taylor for exercising his right to a trial.

Jolly said Taylor could have received a lesser sentence for the early acceptance of responsibility but chose not to do that.

Taylor said he had always accepted responsibility for killing Bolar and was willing to plead guilty to manslaughter because he didn’t mean to kill him. He didn’t intend to break the jaw of another man earlier in the day on Aug. 3, 2011 – the incident that caused Taylor to be in a holding cell with Bolar and others.

Jolly explained that manslaughter in Georgia is a homicide committed while under the influence of a sudden and violent passion caused by provocation.

According to eye witnesses and a video recording, Bolar was asleep when Taylor attacked him. The medical examiner found a skull fracture that measured about five inches long, which caused Bolar’s death two weeks later.

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jimmymac 12/19/13 - 10:50 am

This judge showed that sometimes they get it right, It's a shame a man could be beaten to death and no one stepped in to help the poor man. The others in the holding cell should be ashamed. It's good to see that this thug will never endanger people in society again. However the others in prison better watch out because he has nothing to lose because in GA no one gets the needle.

Marinerman1 12/19/13 - 11:45 am
Stupid Liar !

This yak-squeeze crushed a sleeping guy's skull in, but says "he didn't mean to kill him". There should have been a bus ride to Jackson, and a date with a gurney and a needle, waiting outside that courtroom.

jimmymac 12/19/13 - 01:34 pm

You're so right but sadly it won't happen.

CobaltGeorge 12/19/13 - 09:41 pm

Your news Headlines read:

Man convicted in jail beating case

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Jeremy Taylor to life in prison with the possibility of parole shortly after the jury convicted him of murder and aggravated assault in the death of Earl Bolar in 2011.

I think a correction is needed?

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