Hampton man convicted in Ebby's shooting sentenced to 20 years in prison

Staff writer

A Hampton man convicted of shooting another man at Ebby’s Auto Painting and Collision Repair shooting in upper York County has been sentenced to 20 years of active incarceration.

Michael Sean Taylor, 42, of Hampton, was sentenced March 1 to 73 years in prison with 53 years suspended, according to York-Poquoson Circuit Court documents filed May 6.

Taylor pleaded guilty Dec. 6, 2018, to charges of aggravated malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied building, two counts of abduction and kidnapping, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a plea agreement.

In return for the guilty pleas, assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Krystyn Lee Reid dropped the charge of attempted first-degree murder.

Taylor previously tried to plead guilty Feb. 28, 2018, to the same charges. His court filings indicate he had not entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors at that time.

If Taylor does not remain in good behavior, submit to supervised probation for the rest of his life and pay restitution, fines and court costs, he could see the suspended sentence imposed, according to Virginia Code.

Taylor was ordered to pay the Virginia Victims Fund and the victim in the case $1,552.72 in $100 monthly installments four months after his release, the filings said.

Just before 9 a.m. July 25, 2017, Taylor shot a man at Ebby’s Auto Painting and Collision Repair, according to the filings.

Taylor wanted to shoot a painter at the business and said he hoped the victim would die, according to Virginia Gazette archives. Taylor went into the business and threatened another employee, demanding the employee show him to the painter before he fired a handgun into a pillar near the entrance of the shop.

Taylor then forced the employee and the owner of the shop into the garage at gunpoint, according to Virginia Gazette archives and the complaint.

Taylor found the painter and shot him in the abdomen, the complaint said. The victim crumpled to the ground and Taylor shot his handgun at the victim several more times.

As police from York, James City and Williamsburg, as well as state police, a SWAT team and other law enforcement agencies, arrived at Ebby’s, Taylor barricaded himself in the shop. At one point, he painted the insides of the windows black so law enforcement officers couldn’t see inside.

Law enforcement raided the shop after they threw cans of tear gas inside, Sheriff Danny Diggs said at the time.

The victim was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds but later recovered. Three of the victim’s coworkers and two employees at the Holiday Chevrolet Cadillac dealership next door were commended by the sheriff’s office for helping to save the victim’s life, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Taylor’s criminal history includes a guilty plea in April 2001 to assault and battery in Norfolk Circuit Court, according to Virginia Gazette archives. Taylor was handed a suspended jail sentence and $700 in fines and fees.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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