November 28, 2014

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Former Lorain County Jail guard pleads guilty in beating of inmate

Marlon Taylor

Marlon Taylor

Former Lorain County Jail guard Marlon Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge in connection with the beating of an 18-year-old inmate in July 2012.

Taylor, 49, had been expected to enter the plea after he was charged by way of information in August. Mike Tobin, spokesman for U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach, said that under federal sentencing guidelines, Taylor is looking at a prison term of 12 to 18 months when he is sentenced in December for the deprivation of rights under color of law charge to which he pleaded.

Jack Bradley, Taylor’s lawyer, said he intends to ask for probation in the case.

The veteran corrections officer attacked inmate Jordan Sand, who was serving out a sentence from juvenile court, on July 29, 2012, during a confrontation between the two men inside the Lorain County Jail.

Sand, who is suing Taylor and county Sheriff Phil Stammitti, refused to take the antidepressant medication Taylor and another corrections worker were distributing that day.

After Sand turned down his medication, Taylor ordered him to gather up his belongings because he was going to “the hole.”

A video of the incident shows the two men walking through a security door and Taylor slamming Sand against the glass of a security control room.

They then walked a short way and talked before Taylor began punching Sand, forcing him against a wall and bench. Sand, who never fought back, fell to the ground and curled into the fetal position as Taylor continued to hit him.

About 30 seconds after the first blow other guards arrived on the scene.

During the initial investigation, Taylor defended his actions saying Sand threatened him and had his fist curled into a ball. But Sand denied threatening the guard, although he did acknowledge that he had mouthed off to Taylor.

Sand’s lawsuit contends that he was denied medical treatment and held in solitary confinement for two weeks after the beating.

Stammitti fired Taylor, who was initially charged with misdemeanor assault in Elyria Municipal Court. That charge was dropped at the request of federal prosecutors.

Sand is now on probation for an unrelated robbery case.

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  • Guest

    Send him to prison , maybe some Bully bigger than him will give him a little Karma in return.

  • hottamomma

    the guy shouldnt have ran off at the mouth, thats y i couldnt be a guard or an officer, cause i would whip some butt! but i bet the inmate will think twice before mouthing off again. i hope they got a place in there with no cameras, just for the a*sholes that need to get their butt whipped!

    • Triston Henderson

      So you think its ok to physically assault someone because they “mouthed off”? Wow and here I was thinking we lived in America and the people still had rights. You wouldn’t want to be a guard because while its easy to beatup on a teenager like this Sand kid, if you tried that with a grown man chances are i’d be you getting stomped out.

      • hottamomma

        for one i didnt say it was ok if you could read! i said i couldnt be a guard, cause i dont have the patient for mouth offs! and i grown man wouldnt be able to stomp sh*t cause he would be hand cuffed(ha ha). that guard was suppose to hold his composure being a guard and all. i just couldnt do it and i understand the guard got fed up,(not that its right). thank you and have nice day!

    • JohnP.

      Hottamomma…..They used to have those places for “attitude adjustments”. The command staff that pushed for Taylor to be fired frequently utilized these places personally or looked the other way when officers had to use them. It’s an environment that people can’t possibly understand unless you have worked in it. These days the inmates have so many rights and comforts that the general public would be outraged if they knew.

  • bigmacky

    probation? I think not – if the inmate fought back or threw the first blow then its a different story – but alas this wasn’t the case it seems

    • JohnP.

      Until you have worked in that environment as I did for 10yrs, you don’t have a right to comment with any merit. I worked with Mr. Taylor and he was a very good officer. One of the few that didn’t let the inmates run the show. I guarantee there is more to the story but the Feds are obviously out to set an example. I believe Taylor that the little punk had his hands clenched in a fist. He had to react or be assaulted.

  • Bobby Amabo