Tow truck beating suspect found guilty of lesser charges

A jury found a Knoxville man, accused of viciously beating a tow truck driver, with attempted voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault on Tuesday.

Tycorrian Taylor, 23, was found not guilty of attempted first degree for the alleged attack on Ron Gandy in September 2012.

Deliberations started Tuesday morning, and the jury reached a decision at about 1:30 p.m.

"This gives me closure to this episode -- that's' been around for a year. And I'm ready to get it over with," Gandy said following the decision Tuesday afternoon. "You know, he didn't walk away scott free."

Gandy suffered severe brain injuries and is now in a wheelchair. He testified against Taylor when testimony began on Monday.

During closing arguments, prosecutor TaKisha Fitzgerald says back on that night in September 2012, Gandy was just doing his job, when he was attacked by Taylor.

"He didn't know what was going to happen to him. And so when he encounters Mr. Taylor and Ms. Stokes the first time, he could've towed the car then," Fitzgerald said in front of the seven women, five men jury.

Defense attorney Mitch Harper, admitted that Taylor did attack the former business owner, said it was not planned -- so he couldn't be found guilty of attempted first degree murder.

"Convince you, beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Taylor intentionally and with premeditation, intended that night and that period of time to take the life of Ron Gandy. I'm suggesting to you that he did not."

Closing statements were presented Tuesday morning, and the jury got the case around 11:00 am.

Taylor could face three to six years in prison for the aggravated assault conviction.

Sentencing is set for November 7.


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