Victim remains positive after tow truck attack verdict

Suspect found guilty on lesser charges in tow truck driver attack; victim remains positive

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man accused of nearly beating to death a Knoxville tow truck driver  last year was found guilty Tuesday on a lesser offense.

Tycorrian Taylor, 23,was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the Labor Day 2012 attack against tow truck driver Ron Gandy, 49.

Taylor was found not guilty of attempted first degree murder.

The trial began Monday. A number of people took the stand, including Gandy himself.

The state said Gandy was beaten for just doing his job. He was towing a car that didn't have a pass for the apartment complex.

The defense admitted Tycorrian Taylor hit Gandy, but says the attack wasn't premeditated.

Whether the attack was premeditated was the main issue deliberated by the jurors.

The jury deliberated for less than two and a half hours. Taylor was facing attempted first degree murder charges which carries up to a 25 year sentence. The jury found him guilty of aggravated assault and attempted voluntary manslaughter, which means now he faces three to six years behind bars.

The beating changed Ron Gandy's life forever. It put him in a coma. He now has a brain injury and has to use wheelchair.

"There are a few things in life I lost that I will never get back but there's always something in life that you can work toward and get back," said Gandy.

Gandy's positive attitude on life leaves him with hope that the verdict, though lighter than he expected, will make an impact on Tycorrian Taylor.

"I hope he learns that you can't just go out and kill somebody or beat them to death and get away with it," said Taylor.

Taylor's attorney Mitch Harper says he's pleased with the verdict. Harper says Taylor never intended to try and kill Gandy.

Gandy says he's fine with the verdict as long as Taylor learns a lesson. Gandy says he will now focus on moving forward.

"If I take one step at a time, recover and everything and heal I will be a much stronger man than I was," said Gandy.

When the verdict was read Taylor showed no emotion. 6 News asked his family for their reaction to the verdict, they said they have no comment.

Taylor will be sentenced on November 7.

Attempted voluntary manslaughter carries a sentence of two to four years in prison, while aggravated assault carries a sentence of three to six years.

Because the charges stem from the same incident, the sentences will be served consecutively, meaning Taylor's maximum sentence is six years in prison.

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