Convict Sings Adele-Inspired Apology in the Courtroom Before Sentencing
A convicted felon sang a soulful apology in the courtroom before his sentencing.
"Hello there, your honor," Brian Earl Taylor began, in the tune of "Hello" by Adele, "I want to say I'm sorry for the things that I have done."
According to MLive, he sang the ballad to Judge Darlene O'Brien in the Washtenaw County courtroom in Michigan last week. He also addressed the victim and his mother, telling them, "I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry."
"I'll try to be stronger in this life I chose," he promises in his Adele cover.
The 21-year-old was found guilty that day of unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon, while other charges against him were dropped, according to the AP.
Before breaking out into song, Taylor told the courtroom that he intends to get a degree in business management at the Eastern Michigan University. He asked O'Brien to only sentence him to 36 months so he can finish his degree earlier, but O'Brien said the minimum sentencing for his crimes was 50 months.
Taylor also indicated that he intended to become more involved in church, stay away from marijuana, be a role model to his younger brother, and take care of his mother upon release, MLive reported.
O'Brien said Taylor is "obviously a talented young man," and she hopes he will take advantage of the programs in prison so he can reach his goals when he is released.
Taylor was ultimately sentenced to two years for carrying a concealed weapon, and 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment.