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Jermain Taylor charged in shooting, facing 26 years in prison

Jermain Taylor just had a career high, but is now facing substantial prison time.

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Jermain Taylor has been officially charged with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening as a result of a shooting in his home on August 26, in which he is accused of shooting a cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton.

Taylor, 36, was arrested and released, and went through with an October 8 fight in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he defeated Sam Soliman to win the IBF middleweight title.

Taylor is now facing up to 26 years in prison if convicted of the charges. His attorneys are challenging the legality of Taylor's arrest and asking that evidence collected not be allowed in court.

Taylor, who is managed by the powerful Al Haymon, was nearly out of boxing after losing four of five fights between 2007 and 2009, including three pretty brutal knockout losses, the last of which against Arthur Abraham in Germany left Taylor hospitalized with a brain bleed. He returned to the ring in 2011 for a series of tune-up fights before a shot against Soliman in October, where he convincingly regained a piece of the middleweight title, his first win in a major title fight since 2007.

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