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Jermain Taylor takes plea bargain, to be sentenced in April

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Jermain Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced in April after changing his plea to guilty on reduced charges in three separate cases.

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Jermain Taylor, the former middleweight world champion, has changed his plea to guilty in three separate incidents, avoiding trial and continuing to train in Florida. Taylor is set to be sentenced in April.

From Arkansas Online:

At his 12th circuit-court appearance Tuesday, Taylor pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threatening and a second-degree battery charge. Each charge is a Class D felony that carries up to six years in prison.

Taylor also admitted to misdemeanor marijuana possession, for which punishment is up to a year in jail, but that count will not add any time to any prison sentence he might receive.

He faces up to 54 years in prison when he's sentenced April 19, a date set more than four months out so his victims, many of whom now live out of state, have time to make travel arrangements to testify.

Taylor, 37, last fought in October 2014, winning the IBF middleweight title from Sam Soliman in Biloxi, Mississippi. That was the peak of a sometimes-rocky comeback that began in 2012, when Taylor returned after a three-year absence following head injuries suffered in his 2009 loss to Arthur Abraham.

But Taylor never defended the title, as he ran into a series of legal issues, which had actually kicked off a couple of months before the fight when he was accused of shooting his cousin. The IBF stripped him of their belt in February 2015.