483Tyrelle "might" be released in a year and a half.... pleaded guilty....
- Mar 14, 2008So Young Brother Tyrelle pleaded guilty to one count to avoid being unjustly canned away for 20 years...
Should we rejoice or cry ? Both?
TYRELLE IS INNOCENT....
Man pleads guilty
to pointing rifle at cops
Susan Sward, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
sfgate(03-11) 21:31 PDT San Francisco --
A 21-year-old Hunters Point man pleaded guilty this week to assaulting San Francisco police officers with a firearm in a 2005 incident in which police say he pointed an M-1 carbine at them after jumping out of a vehicle that officers were pursuing.
Tyrelle Taylor entered his plea Monday before Superior Court Judge Wallace Douglass as part of a deal in which prosecutors dropped the other 15 felony and misdemeanor counts he faced in the incident and in a 2006 weapons case.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who represented Taylor, said his client will receive a four-year prison term when he is sentenced in May.
But because Taylor has been in jail since his arrest in 2006, he will probably serve another year and a half before his release, Adachi said.
Prosecutors said Taylor was arrested in 2006 while on bail after police caught him running through the Hunters Point projects with a semiautomatic rifle.
In the 2005 incident, police shot Taylor in the back, side and hand before arresting him. The shooting occurred after police pursued a vehicle in which Taylor was a passenger near Harbor and Northridge roads in the middle of the Hunters Point housing projects.
Police said they had been tipped that two men in the car had guns.
"Mr. Taylor has finally taken responsibility for his criminal and dangerous behavior," said Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark.
"This disposition vindicates the actions of the SFPD Officers Andrew Meehan, Matthew Goodin and Gerald Newbeck who were each just this past year cited for their valor by Chief Heather Fong in connection with this case. I know these officers, and I have no doubt that Tyrelle Taylor did point his firearm at the officers."
Clark said a grand jury that indicted Taylor on the 16 counts had heard "testimony from the officers who said Taylor pointed his gun at them and also tried to manipulate the slide on the gun as if he were trying to put a bullet in the chamber for firing."
Adachi, however, said he believes Taylor never pointed his gun at officers.
He said Taylor pleaded guilty on the one count of assault on an officer to avoid a trial and the possibility of serving 20 or more years in prison if he had been convicted of all 16 counts he had initially faced.
Both Adachi and Clark said they reached an agreement on the plea after Judge Douglass indicated that he was going to approve two separate trials for Taylor on the two incidents.
"That ruling would have infinitely increased the possibility that a jury would have erroneously viewed Tyrelle, who was shot in the 2005 incident, as a victim rather than as a dangerous man with a gun," Clark said.
In 2002, Taylor was one of four teens who were rousted by San Francisco police on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an incident that sparked heated community criticism of the officers' conduct.
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This article appeared on page C - 10 of the San Francisco Chronicle