ELYRIA — Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer Marlon Taylor because federal authorities are investigating whether to file more serious charges against Taylor for the July 29 beating of jail inmate Jordan Sand.
Scott Strait, an Elyria city prosecutor, said federal authorities requested the local charges be dropped while they pursued their investigation. Although someone can face criminal charges at both the state and federal level for the same alleged criminal activity pursuing one or the other is typically easier to do.
And if the feds decide against pursing charges against Taylor, he could be recharged locally.
“If for some reason they decided not to do federal charges we could always refile in the next two years,” Strait said.
An investigation into Taylor determined that he attacked and beat Sand following a disagreement over whether Sand would take antidepressants that morning. Although Taylor insisted that he felt threatened by Sand, investigators determined that Sand didn’t make any threatening moves toward the veteran guard before the attack.
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