Maryland Man Sentenced for Pair of Attacks on Women
A Maryland man is sent to prison for two separate attacks on young women in State College.
Claudius Taylor, 19, was sentenced to three years and two months to 13 years behind bars.
He was convicted on several charges including indecent assault, robbery and unlawful restraint.
The attacks happened within minutes of each other in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2013.
The first attack happened in the 500 block of East Foster Avenue. Prosecutors say Taylor pushed a woman into some bushes and got on top of her. She began screaming and hit him on the head with a bucket. Before fleeing, Taylor wrestled a cell phone away from the woman.
A few minutes later, Taylor accosted a second woman, this time in Fairmount Park. He repeatedly hit the woman in the face and threw her on the ground. She began screaming and Taylor took off.
Police were already nearby, investigating the first assault. Taylor was spotted soon after, triggering a brief chase. A passer by saw what was happening and tackled Taylor.
According to prosecutors, Taylor told a nonsensical story during his trial, claiming he was the actual victim. The judge reportedly told Taylor his story was "psychotic." Prosecutors say they asked for an aggravated sentence because of the predatory nature of the crimes and the clear sexual nature of the attacks and the judge agreed.