December 22, 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.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.