A Claremont man is beginning to serve his prison sentence after being found responsible for drug sales and two stabbing incidents. 42-year old Willie Taylor of Claremont has begun his prison term as part of a plea deal on charges of selling crack cocaine, after being arrested in January for sale of a controlled substance and a connection to two stabbing incidents on Trinity Street.
The Eagle Times reports that Taylor was back in court late last week and he changed his plea to guilty as part of the plea deal, leaving him with a sentence of 1-3 years in prison on one of the drug sales charges and two years to six months five years on the second charge.
However, the second charge was suspended and he faces a $500 fine along with drug counseling while he serves his time.
Taylor and another man, 34-year old Rahman Brown, of New York, were both arrested in January for the stabbing incidents and Brown is still being held behind bars before a pretrial hearing in mid-June. He faces charges of first-degree assault.